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Drivers continue push for recall over vehicle's known issue

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Drivers say the 2007 Saturn Sky has a potentially deadly issue. (WSMV) Drivers say the 2007 Saturn Sky has a potentially deadly issue. (WSMV)

Drivers fed up after years of asking General Motors to recall their vehicle are now going to a federal agency for help.

It’s the latest development in an ongoing Channel 4 I-Team investigation into what drivers say is a potentially deadly problem in a once popular sports car.

Three years after the I-Team first exposed problems with the 2007 Saturn Sky, mechanics are still pointing out failures with the passenger side airbags.

“There’s an extreme sense of frustration,” said Troy Lyman of Los Angeles.

So Lyman decided to do something about it.

“Nobody wants to see their family or friends injured because of something that can be prevented,” he said.

The I-Team has reported on drivers in Nashville and across the country who have experienced the warning lights indicating problems with the passenger side airbags, only to hear that GM refuses to recall or pay to fix the problems because the cars are no longer under warranty.

The drivers believe there is a problem with the passenger side mat and the foam seat that when it gets bent or kinked, it damages the sensor that tells the car that a passenger is in the seat.

Lyman decided to write a 64-page request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complete with graphs and research, calling for an investigation.

“It’s a substantial problem that seems very specific to this vehicle that has not been addressed,” Lyman said.

Drivers must then pay more than $800 to fix it.

Lyman said his own research in NHTSA’s database shows more than 400 drivers have filed complaints about the failing passenger side airbag system.

“That feeling of hopelessness, that no one is listening, no one is willing to take action on this,” Lyman said. “And that’s what we’re hoping to address with this.”

No one from the NHTSA or GM responded to the I-Team’s request for comment. In the past, a spokesman for GM said they recalled the vehicle for failing ignition switch issues, but that “there are no known airbag failures in the recall involving the 2007 Saturn Sky.”

Lyman hopes his petition will spur a change.

“The point of all this is to get attention to the problem,” he said.

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