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Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:09 PM

Updated: Mar 28, 2014 3:09 PM

DETROIT (AP) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it lacked enough information about problems with unexpected stalling in the Chevrolet Cobalt to warrant investigation. The data tell a different story.

An Associated Press review of complaints to the federal watchdog shows 164 drivers, over a nine-year period, reported their 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts stalled without warning. That's far more than any of the car's competitors from the same model years except for the Toyota Corolla, which was recalled in 2010.

Phillips' attorney, Robert Hilliard of Corpus Christi, Texas, says client Megan Phillips remembers everything shut down in the Cobalt she was driving on a rural Wisconsin road when it crashed in 2006, killing her two teenage passengers. Hilliard represents 12 people killed in GM cars when the air bags failed to inflate.

Topics: General Motors-Recall-Watchdog Warned

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