These representative links come from a search for newspaper articles that report on an accident involving one of the recalled vehicles. Most include the basic elements of the accident, but often do not cite the cause.
Before 2013, only some individuals and investigators realized the link between the ignition switch, moving stalls, and failed airbags. Investigation teams on the ground were not aware of the ignition switch issue, and often looked to other causes such as road conditions and speed. By the 2014 recall, the investigations into the earlier car accidents were closed and it was not always possible to document a clear link between the ignition switch and crash. As a result, some of these reported accidents may or may not be related to the defective ignition switch.
Interestingly, many of the stories report if the driver and passengers were wearing seatbelts, but only a few mention airbags. Some explanations may include: 1) wearing seatbelts is a choice and/or 2) people assume airbags will deploy.
These stories are sorted by date posted, from most recent to oldest.
Teen Dies in One-car Crash in Danby (April 12, 2005; Danby, CT)
NCCU Student Charged in Durham Crash that Killed Fellow Student (April 8, 2015; Durham, NC)
2 men killed in Route 31 crash involving Mount Olive, PA Drivers (March 7, 2015)
Pregnant woman and her husband from Guadalupe County killed in crash (January 24, 2015)
Police Identify Two Young Women Killed in Head-on crash in Monroe County (January 13, 2005)
Sterling Heights woman killed in car crash (October 30, 2014; Lenox Township, MI)
Owners of recalled GM cars feel angry, vindicated (March 12, 2014)
Montague woman ID’d in deadly crash (November 5, 2013; Deerfield, MA)
Triple fatal accident on I-55 near Mt. Olive (October 25, 2013; IL)
3 teens killed, 2 injured in crash near Union (June 6, 2013; Union, MO)
Boy and girl die in two-car crash near Gunnison (March 9, 2013; CO)
One killed, two injured in wrong-way crash (March 7, 2013; Jefferson City, MO)
Two Milpitas teens dead in crash on I-880 near Gish Road in San Jose (January 12, 2013)
Young Oxford couple killed after celebrating woman’s 21st birthday (October 10, 2012; Oxford, MA)
Teen who survived fatal FM 600 crash earlier this year dies after apparently shooting himself (August 27, 2012; Abeline, TX)
Head-on crash claims three fatal victims in Runnels County (June 10, 2012)
Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal Christmas Eve car crash (December 27, 2011)
Harrison crash claims two friends (November 16, 2011; Harrison, PA)
Two Die in Route 5 Crash Near Callaway (October 5, 2011; MD)
Witness recalls fatal Holmen crash (June 29, 2011; La Crosse, WI)
Family of three killed, man injured in Route 1A accident (September 14, 2010; Dedham, ME)
Teen dies in Williamsburg Township accident (August 29, 2008, OH)