GM raises estimate for number of crashes linked to faulty ignition switches

|By:, SA News Editor

General Motors (GM) has connected 47 crashes to small cars with faulty ignition switches, up from a prior figure of 31.

However, GM maintained that the number of fatalities linked to the defect is 13, as it has previously argued.

In contrast, the Highway Traffic Safety Administration reckons that "it's likely that more than 13 lives were lost."

The independent Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based watchdog group, said in March that it believes that 303 people were killed when airbags failed to open because of the fault.

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