Following the voluntary recall of several makes of GM vehicles, this article appearing in the New York Times spells out a troubling trend from both the automaker as well as with the agency charged with its oversight. The National Highway Transportation Board (NHTB) received over 260 consumer complaints regarding vehicles that either stalled during operation or completely shut down. Many drivers reported stalling during operation on the highways. Tragically, 13 people have died as a result of accidents caused by the defects.
The article details the history of the complaints lodged with the NHTB, the first having been submitted in 2003. According to the article, “The complaints… involved six G.M. models that the automaker is now recalling because of defective ignition switches that can shut off engines and power systems and disable air bags.”
GM manufacturers who knew about the defects will likely face liability, as the faulty manufacturing was the ultimate cause of the accidents and the harm to the drivers. The drivers of the defective cars, however, will not be held liable. [Read more…]