The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fixed its thoughtless focus on General Motors Co. after it had learned of some of the American carmaker’s sedans catching fire. Specifically, NHTSA is trying to learn whether or not GM’s screening stress tests are adequately effective.
The probe into the stress tests comes just two months following GM’s recall of nearly 43,000 2013 model year Chevrolet Malibu Eco cars and 2012 and 2013 model year Buick Regal and LaCrosse sedans to fix circuit boards that could possibly overheat and start fires. The minor risk posed by the faulty circuit boards is that they could lead to engine stalls. GM says that it has not received any reports of accidents, injuries, or deaths caused by the circuit boards.
NHTSA says the stress-test probe is needed because the reported fires have brought “into question whether or not the procedure can effectively identify a defective (control module).”