NHTSA Has 107 Questions About GM Faulty Ignition Switch Recall

2005 Chevy Cobalt LS, Photo: Wikimedia Commons
2005 Chevy Cobalt LS, Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The National Highway transportation Safety Administration has a list of 107 questions that it wants answered by General Motors over their faulty ignition switch recall.

A 23-page letter submitted to General Motors yesterday contained the questions about the recall of 1.6 million vehicles. It gives the manufacturer until April 3rd to submit all of their answers which will likely involve creating a considerably larger document to include all the details requested on how the recall was handled.

The information the NHTSA wants includes details about each and every lawsuit filed as a result of the faulty ignition switch, information on every individual vehicle that was reported to have had any incident as a result of the problem and even questions about press releases made after the recall was first announced.

Specifically, they want an explanation of GM North America President Alan Batey’s statement that “process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” and how exactly GM plans to see that this process is improved in the future.

GM has already hired an outside firm to investigate what happened as CEO Mary Barra promises to find out exactly what went on internally at GM during the time that led up to the eventual recall.

There have been 13 deaths as a result of the faulty ignition switch which affects the 2007 Pontiac G5, 2005 through 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2003 through 2007 Saturn Ion, 2006 through 2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2006 through 2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.