US Opens Probe Of Chevrolet Impala Air Bag Performance

July 30, 2014 5:05 PM

US Opens Probe Of Chevrolet Impala Air Bag Performance
" DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it began the probe after receiving a petition from Donald Friedman of Xprts LLC, a Santa Barbara, California, company that examines crashes.

Friedman examined an April 2011 car crash in Hidalgo County, Texas, that severely injured an elderly man named Roberto Martinez. His wife Aurora was driving their 2008 Impala when it was hit by an SUV and forced into a concrete highway divider and a fixed barrier in front of the car. The passenger air bags didn’t deploy, and Roberto suffered permanent brain injuries, according to a lawsuit filed by the couple against GM. He died about 10 months later.

Friedman alleges that because Roberto Martinez was bounced around during the incident, the weight sensor in the passenger seat misread his weight and didn’t fire the air bag. The air bag is supposed to inflate for anyone other than a child or small adult "

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