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
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(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.

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Dr Geo Douglas
Jun 10, 2014 4:22 PM CDT
Sorry, GM. If the crash was caused by a faulty switch, then both are victims.
heretoday
Jun 10, 2014 3:18 PM CDT
When I was learning how to drive, my dad took me out to a remote safe road and had me to get to speed. He then reached over and turned off the ignition and said "now what you are going to do?"
Chuck Roast
Jun 10, 2014 1:22 PM CDT
Everybody reading this article, remember this is one of the companies your tax dollars baled out....