The Safety Institute has released its latest quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List with General Motors vehicles taking 10 of the top 15 potential problem slots. Eight of the GM models on the list were identified with potential electrical issues and were previously subject to GM’s ignition switch recalls. The Watch List, based on analysis of the Early Warning Reporting (EWR) claims submitted by vehicle manufacturers to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is intended to identify potential motor vehicle safety defects that merit additional engineering and statistical review.
EWR data provide broad categories for the claims reported to manufacturers. Investigation of the underlying issues that led to these claims is needed to understand whether additional recall actions may be needed by manufacturers. A review of complaints to NHTSA shows consumers reporting potential electrical failures such as stalling and failed steering in GM models even after the vehicles have been repaired in recall campaigns. Sean Kane, founder and President of The Safety Institute, had this to say:
After GM was exposed for its cover-up of ignition switch defects and the company recalled millions of vehicles to address the problems, this new analysis shows some potentially troubling developments that need immediate attention.
I believe the public is finally realizing how important adequate regulation by NHTSA really is. When a person reads that one automaker (GM) in one year recalled more than 30 million vehicles they are shocked. It’s essential that the public be kept informed so folks can become advocates for safety.
Source: Safety Institute
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