At least 13 deaths have resulted from GM’s lack of recalling a group of its vehicles until just weeks ago. GM has known for about 10 years ago that there was a fatal flaw with the ignition key.
GM performed many different internal investigations since 2004, but they all ended with no action. They felt that the issue wasn’t hazardous enough and that it was harmless. In reality, there have been numerous complaints and cases of airbags not deploying and the power steering and breaks completely failing.
The recall only affects cars made between 2004 and 2007, but the recalled number of cars is said to be around 1.4 million. Models affected include the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac's G5 and Solstice, and Saturn's Sky and Ion.
The fact that 13 deaths, and counting, are a result of a car company’s pride is not only extremely sad, but it’s also disappointing. Mistakes happen, but once a problem has been identified it needs to be fixed. GM failed to fix this huge problem and lives were lost as a result.
As a personal injury lawyer, I believe that roads across the nation should be a safe place for you and your family. If car companies are neglecting to fix the mechanical problems with our cars, there is only so much we can do to ensure our own safety.
The deaths of those driving cars made by GM could have been prevented if a recall was issued years ago. I hope GM takes full responsibility for their mistakes and compensates the families for their loss.