Petition Alleges Defects in GM Vehicles That Lead to Passenger Ejection during Crash

Petition Alleges Defects in GM Vehicles That Lead to Passenger Ejection during Crash
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June 15, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has agreed to look into allegations of defects that can cause occupant ejections during rollover crashes in certain General Motors (GM) vehicles.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received a petition requesting an investigation into the alleged defects—defects that the petitioner claims allow second and third row seat occupants to be ejected during a rollover crash, despite the deployment of rollover side curtain air bags.

The petition cites a 2011 Texas crash involving a model year 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, which allegedly resulted in multiple occupants being ejected from the vehicle. One of the ejected occupants was fatally injured.

ODI says that preliminary review of its consumer complaint data found no similar reports of occupant ejections on 2007-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon vehicles. ODI has also reviewed Early Warning Reporting data submitted by GM.

A defect petition has been opened to evaluate the issue further. ODI will then either grant or deny the petition. A grant decision would then lead to additional investigation into the matter.

The petition document has been added to the public file for this investigation and can be viewed at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues.