According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, General Motors Co. has attributed 54 crashes and 13 deaths to defective ignition switches in recalled cars this year. These numbers may rise, thanks to information obtained from black-box data found in each vehicle.
These event data recorders store all of the information about the car at the time of a crash, including its speed, throttle, brake position, and ignition switch position. Both GM and lawyers representing plaintiffs involved in lawsuits against GM are attempting to gather data from the black boxes of wrecked vehicles to determine the effectiveness of ignition switches at the time of the crashes, the article says.
Source: The Wall Street Journal