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Car dealers: a deadly silence
Car dealers: a deadly silence

Driving home from a party late at night on July 29, 2005, 16-year-old Amber Marie Rose of Charles County crashed into a tree and died when her airbag failed to inflate because of a flaw in her Chevy Cobalt's ignition switch. She is thought to be the second person to die because of the ignition switch failures that have plagued millions of GM cars. Drinking and speeding may have been contributing factors in the accident. But a simple ignition switch repair could have enabled her airbag to inflate and may have saved Amber's life. General Motors had known about the design flaw as early as 2001 but hadn't told drivers or dealers. In December 2005, GM issued a service bulletin...