Last year, the federal agency began investigating more than 80 complaints from SUV owners suffering injuries sustained from the door handles. According to the complaints, “peeling” of the metal plating on the interior door handles caused injuries from minor to “severe” paper-cut-type cuts. The NHTSA believes more than 433,000 vehicles may be involved.
“I think we need to look heavier into [the issue] and then decide what the right remedy to it would be,” said General Motors spokesman Alan Adler, who adds GM engineers are in full cooperation with the agency.
The NHTSA began its investigation in September 2009 as a preliminary evaluation. Last month, the agency escalated the issue to engineering analysis. At such a level, the NHTSA could issue a vehicle recall depending on its findings.
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