The pressure on General Motors and the federal government over a recall linked to faulty ignition switches is unlikely to go away any time soon, as new questions surface over why it took a decade to address the problem.
Recently the Virginian-Pilot reported the fix for the faulty ignition switch would have cost just 57 cents per part. The revelation came as GM’s new CEO Mary Barra was questioned by politicians before a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill
Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles – mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions – because of the defect that stops the air bag working on some of its cars. The GM ignition switch recall was linked to 13 deaths. Other reports have suggested it may have led to the deaths of more motorists.
Both GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have come under fire over the recall after it was revealed they had received complaints about the problem going back 10 years.
GM is not the only automaker to announce recalls. Last month Toyota announced a recall of 124,000 Avalon cars due to a defect that was causing the airbag to inadvertently deploy.
It’s not acceptable for a car manufacturer, or for the federal agency that is charged with keeping motorists safe, to drag their heels for so long. The failure of GM and NHTSA to take action appears to have led to unnecessary deaths. GM is facing lawsuits from people who were injured in crashes who were not afforded the protection of an airbag. It is also facing wrongful death lawsuits from the families of people who may have paid for this defect with their lives. If you have been injured due to a defective car or an automobile has failed to provide you with adequate protection, call our Virginia defective products lawyers at 757.455.0077.