GM's Smoking Gun

U.S. Senator Ed Markey recently released a document showing General Motors fully knew of its ignition switch problem and that it would prevent airbag deployment as early as February 2007.  In the document sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), General Motors admits that in the accident involving a Chevy Cobalt, which killed two Wisconsin teenagers, the airbags did not deploy likely causing their deaths.  It further stated the failure of the airbags deployment resulted from the defect ignition switch system for the Cobalt.  Despite this knowledge neither General Motors nor NHTSA did anything to alert the general public to this problem.   Because of this document, Senator Markey has introduced legislation called “Early Warning Reporting Act” which would require NHTSA and automobile manufacturers to inform the public immediately when they first learn of vehicle defects.