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Safety group says hundreds of auto accidents caused by GM vehicle

From California to Florida and everywhere in between, any vehicle accident can lead to serious injury or even death. For this reason, drivers must do whatever they can to remain safe while on the road.

The Center for Auto Safety has contacted federal safety regulators to discuss their belief that the number of auto accidents related to a recent GM recall is far greater than the company has led on.

General Motors has noted that it has traced an ignition switch defect to at least 12 deaths. This problem causes the car to shut off while driving, while also disabling the airbag system.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, there were 303 deaths caused by GM recalled vehicles. GM continues to fight back, releasing the following statement:

"Without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions. In contrast, research is underway at GM and the investigation of the ignition switch recall and the impact of the defective switch is ongoing."

GM has hired a team of investigators to look into the finer details of the recall. Along with this, a Congressional committee is currently doing the same, with questions of why the company did not recall the vehicles earlier when they were first aware of the potential problem as early as 2004.

This story shows that being involved in an auto accident is not always the fault of a driver, but can be related to a defect in the vehicle. In the event that this happens, a consultation with a local personal injury attorney may be the best first step.

Source: CNN, "Safety group claims 303 deaths linked to recalled GM cars" Chris Isidore, Mar. 14, 2014

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