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US senators propose Bill to improve automakers' fatality reports

Published on Mar 26, 2014 1:10 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - As General Motors comes under scrutiny by the US Congress for its handling of a long-running problem with ignition switches linked to 12 deaths, two senators on Tuesday offered legislation aimed at improving the auto industry's reporting of safety problems.

Democratic Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced a Bill that would require automobile manufacturers to provide more information about fatal accidents involving their vehicles and better public access to those reports.

On April 1 the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold its first hearing into GM's handling of last month's recall of 1.6 million cars because of faulty ignition switches that can shut off engines and safety equipment during operation, sometimes at high speeds.

The recalls came well over a decade after the safety problem first came to GM's attention.

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