Its 2014 Chevys had earned more five-star overall safety ratings in a new car assessment program than had any other brand.
The next day, G.M. began recalling millions of its cars for a deadly ignition defect, and by August, six of the eight five-star Chevrolet models had been recalled for a variety of safety issues, including defects in air bags, brakes and steering. Five had been recalled multiple times.
It was an embarrassing turn — but not just for the embattled automaker. The stellar rankings had been awarded by the federal regulatory agency that is mandated by Congress to ensure the safety of automobiles.
The agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has a record of missteps that goes well beyond its failure to detect an ignition switch defect in several models of G.M. cars now linked to at least 13 deaths.
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The 2014 Toyota Tundra.Toyota Recalls 130,000 Tundra Pickups for Air Bag DefectSEPT. 11, 2014
The General Motors headquarters in Detroit.G.M.’s Board Is Seen as Slow in Reacting to Safety CrisisSEPT. 7, 2014
N.H.T.S.A. has received numerous complaints from the owners of 2003-8 Honda Accords that side curtain air bags deployed when a door was slammed or while driving, although the cars were not involved in crashes.N.H.T.S.A. Deepens Investigation of Honda Accord Air BagsAUG. 18, 2014
An investigation by The New York Times into the agency’s handling of major safety defects over the past decade found that it frequently has been slow to identify problems, tentative to act and reluctant to employ its full legal powers against companies.
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