1.4 million vehicles affected
13 fatal accidents: General Motors calls back cars
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The US Group General Motors has to call back about 1.4 million vehicles. The reason is incorrect ignition locks. Some cars just went out while driving. That could have led to 13 fatal accidents. The group has delayed the problem?
The Opel mother Group General Motors is expanding a recall due to incorrect ignition locks to 1.37 million vehicles. In the case of older cars of the Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn brands, the ignition key can jump back into the exhibition while driving, as the manufacturer explained in Detroit on Tuesday.
Almost only US models affected
This not only switches off the engine, but also most electrical systems. According to the car company, accidents with 13 deaths could be connected with it. The front airbags had not opened in a total of 31 reported cases. The models Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac Pursuit and Pontiac G5 from 2005 to 2007, Saturn Ion (2003-2007), Chevrolet Hhr (2006-2007) as well as the Pontiac Solstice (2006-2007) and Saturn Sky. Except for the HHR, all of these vehicles were not regular in Europe.
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Two weeks ago, the recall in the United States and Canada only included half as many vehicles. However, GM now ordered other models from 2003 to 2007 for repairs to the workshops. North America boss Alan Batey admitted omissions when clarifying the technical problems: "We are very sorry and we are working to correct things as soon as possible." On its website, the group also pointed out that the problem could occur more if the car key with additional ballast – such as heavy key fans – was opened. The drivers of the cars concerned should therefore remove all trailers from the keys.In the newspaper "Detroit News" And other US media, meanwhile, are accused that the GM group has known the problem for ten years but has kidnapped: "GM decided several times against a recall and possibly expensive measures to remedy the problem", Writes the newspaper on its website. As early as 2007, the car company is said to have known about ten fatal accidents – but there was no recall. The fact that the group is now apologizing should only alleviate the expected wave of lawsuits in their financial consequences for GM. The case is reminiscent of the image disaster for the US brand Jeep: Despite numerous fatal fire accidents.
Cynicism of the auto industry
The mechanism according to which the car manufacturers are looking for compromises between security and costs with the US transport security authority NHTSA is not only evident in the cases GM and Chrysler, but also in numerous similar cases in the past. The "Detroit News" reports on an investigation from 2002, in which fatal fire crashs were analyzed with Ford police vehicles. 18 police officers died from the 1980s to 2002 in the rear of the rear. Ford finally equipped the tanks with additional reinforcements.
The most famous event of this kind went into the "Ford Pinto" case in the US judicial history. The pinto was a cheap compact car in the 1970s to attack the Japanese competition. The tank was placed behind the rear axle – in a way that was quite usual at the time. At Crashs, the poorly protected tank was often pierced, numerous people died in the fire. The Ford Group came into violent criticism. It was assumed that he would shy away from constructive changes for cost reasons, because instead one would rather put up with the bottom line.
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