General Motors has been dogged all year by negative headlines about the defects on its vehicles that have led to injuries and even deaths.
Now its CEO Mary Barra has said it is done cleaning house on old problems that result in recalls and is “making sure we create defect-free vehicles as we move forward.”
She made her forward-looking comments in a USA Today article. It remains to be seen to what extent GM has cleaned up its act.
GM was hit with a deadly problem with ignition switches as well as government fines for delaying its recall for more than a decade, prompting GM to scour its records for any other problems that might lead to recalls.
The switches can inadvertently move out of the “run” position, causing the engine to stall, shutting off power assist to the brake and steering and disabling airbags. GM links 13 deaths to the problem. Personal injury lawyers believe far more claims are likely to be forthcoming.
Early in 2014 GM recalled 2.6 million cars worldwide related to a defective ignition switch that was causing a potentially lethal loss of power and the air bag to fail during a crash. USA Today reported that the GM house-cleaning has resulted in 63 other recalls though Aug. 8, 2014.
Barra said in a CNBC interview, “We wanted to be substantially complete by the end of the second quarter…That work is done,” she said. “We are substantially complete.”
Cars are not meant to fail this way. The GM debacle is even more regrettable because nothing was done for a decade and even regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to take decisive action.
GM is now bracing itself for a flood of claims and has set up a compensation fund. If you have been injured due a defective switch in a GM car or if a loved one has been killed, you should call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.