In a petition dated May 6, 2005, GM asked NHTSA for an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of the theft prevention standard (49 CFR Part 541) on the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt (and later the 2006). This is a frequent and common request. Automakers prove that a vehicle’s theft deterrent system prevents an easy theft of the car therefore relieving the automaker from the laborious requirement of printing VINs on parts, the alterantive and standard theft prevention measure.
According to recent media reports GM knew about the Cobalt’s ignition problem in 2004 and even had a proposed change offered by an engineer in 2005, both of which appear to have occured before submitting the pfollowing two petitions described below. A petition that, if I’m reading correctly, is specific to the Cobalt’s ignition switch performance, an ignition switch that NHTSA signed off on as being “reliable” and “durable” based on GM’s test data.
The following text was pulled from the Federal Register/ Vol. 70, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 12, 2005 / Notices (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2005-07-12/pdf/05-13654.pdf)
“GM provided a detailed list of tests conducted and believes that its device is reliable and durable since the device complied with its specified requirements for each test. The tests conducted included high and low temperature storage, thermal shock [Read more...]