GM may recall model of Chevy Malibu over child safety issue

General Motors may have to voluntarily recall all 2000-2001 model-year vehicles that have trunks after KidsAndCars.org demanded this action on Monday, The New York Times reported.

The nonprofit organization that advocates for safety around children and automobiles was prompted to take action after two boys ages 2 and 4 died on June 17 because they were trapped in the trunk of a 2000 Chevy Malibu.

This is the second time KidsAndCars.org has requested that GM take this action, the first was when two children died in the trunk of another 2000 Malibu in 2009. The organization says they are specifically asking GM to perform this recall because the automaker pledged to be a leader on the issue of child safety in 1998, when 11 children died in the trucks of GM cars over the course of just one month.

Since 2001, interior trunk releases have been standard in all GM vehicles, the automaker said. In addition, federal regulators mandated that all cars built of model year 2002 and newer have an internal glow-in-the-dark trunk release.

Car buyers should ensure that their prospective vehicle has adequate safety features before considering financing the purchase with a car loan.