Families of those killed in car accidents resulting from GM’s faulty ignition switch have been waiting to hear how General Motors will be held accountable. Now they have their answer: a $900 million penalty.
This has caused severe disappointment for some because they feel that the settlement doesn’t go far enough. They want GM execs who covered up the flaw to be charged. A technicality with corporate law makes it difficult for federal prosecutors to go after individuals.
However, individuals may still be charged, but this type of case faces higher barriers than in other areas.
Internal GM employees knew about the defect for a decade, but they didn’t speak up and prevent the loss of human life.
Faulty ignition switches in these vehicle models, in a variety of years, have been recalled.
Carey Danis & Lowe is investigating claims that specific GM vehicles contain an ignition switch defect that causes the key to change to the accessory mode while driving, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components of the vehicle.
If you’ve been hurt in a crash involving a faulty GM ignition switch, you may qualify for a class action suit against the company to seek compensation on your behalf and the behalf of others.
References: Class Action, Consumer protection