It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating General Motors (GM) attorneys for hiding evidence of the faulty ignition switch that led to massive recalls. This appears to be a part of a bigger criminal probe into misleading statements GM executives have made to regulators. The concealment of evidence delayed recalls of vehicles with the defective switches. There can be no doubt about that. It will be interesting to see which attorneys are involved in this probe.
A Brief Review Of GM Recalls
The number of cars in North America that GM has called back for repairs related to the defective ignitions has now passed 17 million. That’s more than the 9.71 million vehicles the Detroit-based company sold worldwide in 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into GM’s actions involving the ignition switch defect already show the company had evidence of a safety defect that it covered up and hid from government investigators for years. NHTSA’s acting administrator, David Friedman, confirms this in an emailed statement. He said further:
GM knew about the safety defect for years, did not report it as required by law and did not take action to protect Americans from that defect until earlier this year. GM’s decision-making, structure, process, and corporate culture stood in the way of safety at a time when airbags were failing to work properly in millions of GM products.
This GM debacle may wind up being the worst performance involving safety issues by an automaker in U.S. history. GM’s massive cover-up of a safety hazard caused by a defect known to the automaker could send a number of folks to jail. If that happens, it would be “complete justice” and would send a needed message to the automobile industry!
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