While GM & NHTSA Fiddle Crash Victims Burn

While GM & NHTSA Fiddle Crash Victims Burn

November, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Too Little Too Late For Too Many Crash Victims

The NY Times reports:

“Nearly nine months after General Motors began recalling millions of its cars for a dangerously defective ignition switch, almost half of the vehicles still have not been fixed….

One of the unrepaired vehicles was a red 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed here the night of Oct. 9, killing its 25-year-old driver, Brittany Alfarone. Her mother, Dierdre Betancourt, said she had tried to fix the car twice, but two dealers turned her away….

Joseph Brini was driving behind Ms. Alfarone the night of the accident. He said it seemed as if the driver was wrestling with the car. “My feeling is she was trying to get some control,” he said. “The poor girl had no control of the car.”

The vehicle slammed into a guardrail and erupted in flames. The county medical examiner listed the cause of death as thermal burns, asphyxiation because of carbon monoxide and laceration of the liver, a condition that some auto engineering experts say suggests, based on Ms. Alfarone’s slight build, the airbag did not deploy.”  See

Automotive News reports: “A program to compensate victims of accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received 1,772 claims for injuries and deaths, a 12 percent increase from the previous week, according to a report updated today. ”  Seehttp://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM11/141109972/gm-ignition-switch-claims-rise-12-percent
How many more tragedies will Americans experience before this problem is responsibly fixed?
For past, present, and future crash victims will GM still shut the door on claims on December 31, 2014?
For additional Automotive News reference materials on the GM Recall see  http://www.autonews.com/theme/The%20GM%20recall
Remember that there are about 1,000,000 of these Sudden Loss of Power and Control (SLOPAC) defective vehicles still on the roads.   They continue to endanger not just their occupants but all Americans that they may crash into.
When will President Obama call a national conference on this public health problem at the White House?   Before or after more tragedies?


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