Crain News Service report
WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2014) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the timeliness of General Motors Co.'s recall of faulty ignition switches on 1.37 million vehicles in the U.S.
The agency said late Feb. 26 it will determine whether GM "properly followed legal processes and requirements for reporting U.S. recalls."
On Feb. 25, GM added more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can inadvertently shut off engines and cause accidents. The problem has now been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths and sparked criticism of the company's years-long investigation of the problem.