General Motors (GM) has once again let down its consumers by announcing yet another recall related to its ignition switch defect. During this Beasley Allen Report episode, former lieutenant governor and founding shareholder of Beasley Allen law firm Jere Beasley discusses GM’s failures in terms of breaking its promises to those affected by its recalls, as well as putting hundreds of millions of innocent people at risk from vehicle defects.
Recently, GM recalled more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros for what it says is a problem with the key fob. The auto giant says the ignition switch in the 2010-2014 year model Camaro can be moved out of the “run” position when the key fob is jostled by the drivers’ knee, causing the car to lose power, including power brakes and steering. GM says the defect is linked to three crashes. A GM spokesman confirmed the air bags did not deploy in the affected vehicles, but says the company is still investigating if the ignition switch defect caused the non-deployment.
According to Mr. Beasley, as many as 303 deaths have been linked to the automaker’s initial recall of about 780,000 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles, despite GM’s claims of just 13 deaths. He says GM has also taken the low road, attempting to delay the trial for months on end by trying to move the case to federal court. GM did not remove the case when it was initially filed a few years ago. This latest move is blatant evidence that GM is again lying — lying to Congress, lying to NHTSA, to the public and, most importantly, lying to victims’ families, Beasley says.