When General Motors, the car manufacturer of Chevrolet, asked to NHTSA to mandate daytime running lights in December of 2001, Safetyforum.com looked to the Chevrolet companys past safety record. General Motors appears to have a record of trying to appear more safety conscious than they really are.
After receiving the Golden Gear Award for safety innovation in January 1997 from the Washington Automotive Press Association, they mentioned GMs $15 million contribution to the national Safe Kids Campaign but failed to mention that was part of a deal they made with the Department of Transportation in response to recalling millions of pick-up trucks with side saddle fuel tanks.
In 1979 a family driving home in a Chevrolet Malibu was hit from behind by another vehicle that resulted in an explosion. Later, a jury ruled the fuel tanks on the Chevrolet was too close to the rear bumper and GM had rejected a $9 per car solution even though they had realized the dangers that particular car model was associated with.
For twenty-seven years GM had kept the crash ignited fires to themselves despite the fact that automotive engineers have known the risks since the invention of the internal combustion engine. The family who endured the accident was awarded $4.9 billion by a jury. There are still millions of vehicles estimated on the road with fuel tanks in close proximity to the vehicles bumper.
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