What Recalls? GM Sales Hit 6-Year High

Even amid report that 74 more deaths could be to blame on ignition switch

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2014 9:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Apparently a record number of recalls and actual driver deaths weren't enough to drive the public away from General Motors. The company posted its best month of sales since 2008 last month, CNNMoney reports. Sales were up 13% compared to the previous year. May was kind to automakers overall, with Ford sales up 3% and Chrysler's up 17%.

The news comes on the heels of Reuter's report that at least 74 people have been killed in GM cars in accidents strikingly similar to the 13 attributed to defective ignition switches. In each case, the car was in a frontal collision in which its air bags did not deploy, killing someone in the driver or passenger seat. Such accidents were found to be drastically more likely for drivers of the Saturn Ion and Chevy Cobalt, the top GM cars involved in the ignition recall, than in similar competitors.

In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, a line of 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans sit at a dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo.
In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, a line of 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedans sit at a dealership in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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