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Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it is reviewing whether side curtain air bags in 58,000 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs fail to prevent motorists from being ejected.

NHTSA said it is reviewing a defect petition filed in August seeking a formal investigation into the 2010 Tahoe, which stems from a 2011 fatal crash in Texas.

The petition says "defects allow second and third row occupants to be ejected despite the deployment of rollover side curtain air bags. The petition cites a 2011 Texas crash involving a model year 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, which allegedly resulted in multiple occupants to be ejected. One of the ejected occupants was fatally injured."

NHTSA said its "preliminary review of its consumer complaint data found no similar reports of occupant ejections on 2007-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon vehicles."

NHTSA also reviewed Early Warning Reporting data submitted by GM. The agency will decide whether to open a formal investigation.

"General Motors will cooperate with NHTSA as it determines whether to open an investigation based on the defect petition," GM spokesman Alan Adler said Monday. "GM investigated the complaint that is the basis of the petition and found no defect trend."

DShepardson@detroitnews.com

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