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U.S. Attorney’s Office Launches Criminal Investigation of General Motors (GM)

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For almost a decade, I have represented hundreds of individuals injured in car accidents and tractor trailer crashes.  Most of the time, my clients are injured as a result of human error – specifically, someone else’s carelessness at the wheel.  Lately, there have been a rash of vehicle recalls.  Sometimes, carelessness during the vehicle design and/or manufacturing process can create dangerous conditions within the vehicle.  These dangerous conditions within the vehicle can put motorists on the roadway, including the driver of that vehicle, in danger.

In February, General Motors (GM), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall of numerous makes and models including:  2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion vehicles and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles.  NHTSA reports that if the ignition key is not in the “run” position, the airbags may not deploy in these recalled vehicles.  We all have come to learn just how important airbags can be in serious car crashes.  When the airbags do not deploy as they are designed to do, the individual can be severely injured or even killed whereas had the airbags deployed, the injuries may not have been as serious.

What is very concerning about the GM recall is that there is documentation showing reports of such airbag failure instances as early as 2005.  Why then, did GM wait until 2014 to issue the recall?  That is precisely what the U.S. Attorney’s office wants to know and for good reason.  The GM faulty ignition switch has been linked to 13 deaths – 13 deaths that likely could have been prevented.  Such a failure to report to the public must not be tolerated.  Hopefully, the criminal investigation will not only provide the families of these victims some answers, but send a message that such reporting delays will not be permitted.

Lindsay Rakers, Missouri and Illinois car accident attorney further discusses the GM criminal investigation here.