GM Tries To Weasel Out Of Responsibility For The Harm Caused By Faulty Ignitions Switches By Hiding Behind Bankruptcy Protection
A defective ignition switched used in some cars from General Motors could cause serious problems including airbags failing to deploy and the engine to shut off unexpectedly. Though GM had ample evidence that the problem existed since 2005 and decided to not fix the problem because of financial reasons.
GM has since admitted the ignition switch problem caused at least 31 car crashes and 13 deaths. However because the problems with the defective ignition switches began with GM before the company went into bankruptcy protection, the current executives are arguing that the “New GM” should be exempt from law suits that should have been filed against the “Old GM”.
This argument is laughable. Despite GM being aware of the defect since 2005 they only issued recalls starting in early 2014. All together some 2,191,146 vehicles were recalled which included all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and the Saturn Ion and Sky, millions of vans, sedans and sport utility vehicles.
Such a massive recall nearly a decade after the problem was discovered is shameful. Yet once again the corporate lawyers are attempting to avoid the financial responsibility their company owes the families whose lives have been tragically altered forever by hiding behind a technicality.
What makes this latest move by GM even more distasteful is that in their time of need, General Motors was bailed out by the tax paying public of United States of America.
If any company should be standing up to plate and doing the right thing for the public safety it should be General Motors.
Of course having represented thousands of clients harmed by negligence including defective products I am not surprised. Often duplicity is the norm, with the CEO or company spokes person saying one thing, and the corporate lawyers doing something else when the spotlight is gone.
While GM's argument is laughable the outcome of this issue is far from certain. As GM and those affected by the defective ignition switches await the ruling from a Bankruptcy court to decide the fate of those pursuing justice.