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ID:

731

Date:

2014-07-15

Headline:

Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes

Reporter's name:

Rebecca R. Ruiz and Danielle Ivory

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

New York Times

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

General Motors engineers suspected defective ignition switches were to blame for a string of baffling accidents causing at least thirteen deaths in GM cars, yet GM told federal regulators that it could not provide much information about some crashes, and the regulators failed to insist on responsive answers.

Notes:

The New York Times used FOIA to obtain the records, known as “death inquiries,” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Congress mandated the postmortem inquiries after 271 deaths were attributed to Ford Explorer/Firestone tire roll-overs in the 1990s.

Keywords:

General Motors, GM, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, death inquiries, car crashes, Saturn, air bags, ignition switch, Department of Justice, criminal investigation, DOJ, Chevrolet

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/business/documents-show-general-motors-kept-silent-on-fatal-crashes.html


Agencies:

DOJ
NHTSA

States:

DC
NY
TN
TX
VA
WI

Categories:

business
technology
transportation


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