There were suspicions long before this Reuters report citing claims by a federal regulator that more than 13 people perished in accidents resulting from faulty ignition switches was highly possible. However, since then, General Motors has officially stood behind the number, and that it wasn’t any higher.
But just yesterday, the NHTSA issued a statement to Reuters, claiming that: “The final death toll associated with this safety defect is not known to NHTSA, but we believe it’s likely that more than 13 lives were lost.”
GM spokesman Jim Cain responded to the claim, stating that: “to the best of our knowledge, there have been 13 fatalities that may be related to the ignition switch defect. That’s after a thorough analysis of the information available to us. If we come across new information, of course, we will share it with the agency. We’re totally focused on fixing all of the cars as quickly as we can.”
The NHTSA was the agency that failed to see a correlation between the Delphi-made faulty ignition switch and the accidents, where the airbags did not deploy.
Will numbers be adjusted? Just how many did lose their lives to these faulty parts? Stay tuned.