Why GM Won't Count One Teen as a Recall Victim

Says it's not liable for backseat death

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted Jun 10, 2014 10:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – As GM's ignition switch recall saga continues to unfold, one Wisconsin family is angry GM did not count its daughter as a victim of a Chevy Cobalt's faulty systems. Natasha Wiegel was killed in a crash that also killed 15-year-old Amy Rademaker, but GM reportedly only considers Rademaker a recall victim. That's because GM contends the failed deployment of the air bags would not have protected Wiegel anyway; she was in the backseat of the Cobalt, not wearing a seatbelt, when the car ran off a rural Wisconsin road and struck a telephone pole and some trees in October 2006. GM says it's only liable for Rademaker because she was sitting in the front passenger seat. Newsy reports:

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