The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not launch an investigation after a lawsuit was filed in Georgia over allegedly defective steering sensors in GM vehicles.
According to Reuters, regulators had taken interest in a lawsuit filed against GM over a fatal crash involving a 42-year old woman who lost control of her 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, rolling it into a ditch. The suit, filed in Georgia in 2016, alleges the crash was caused by a faulty steering sensor in GM vehicles that the automaker did not warn drivers about, despite the fact it had previous knowledge of problems with it.
A lawyer representing the plaintiff wrote to NHTSA earlier this year urging it to investigate GM for failing to alert NHTSA and recall affected vehicles, prompting regulators to begin examining the details of the lawsuit. The safety agency later Reuters that there was“insufficient evidence to lead to a formal investigation at this time,” over the faulty steering sensors, but said it would take action in the future if the situation evolved. The affected sensor is tied in with the vehicle’s StabiliTrak stability control system, but stability control was not required by law when the affected vehicles were manufactured, NHTSA also said in its findings.
Reuters says it has reviewed “hundreds of pages of documents,” submitted in the litigation that appear to indicate GM has dealt with a number of issues with the electronic steering sensor in question, such as warranty claims and manufacturing flaws. The publication also says it has spoken to two former heads of NHTSA that questioned the agency’s decision not to launch an investigation over the steering sensors in certain GM vehicles.
A GM spokesperson says the automaker has conducted “a rigorous analysis of internal and external data,” regarding the steering sensor and said it is “not aware of any other complaints alleging accidents,” related to the part.
The lawsuit against GM over the sensor was updated in 2020 and remains ongoing as of this writing.