A recent independent review of the circumstances surrounding how General Motors (GM) handled its investigation into a defective ignition switch found the company riddled with a “pattern of incompetence and neglect.” However, GM CEO Mary Barra said the report did not indicate any evidence of a cover-up, and said GM top executives didn’t know about the faulty ignition switch problem, which lingered for more than 10 years before affected vehicles were finally recalled in February of this year. Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley tells WSFA-TV12 reporter Jennifer Oravet that he just doesn’t see how that could be true. He says that if Ken and Beth Melton, whose daughter Brooke was killed in a Chevy Cobalt with the defective ignition switch, had not decided to sue GM, we might still not know the truth. “Had not the Melton family hired a lawyer, taken it to court, experts got involved and found the defect, I guarantee you we would not know about this defect problem today.” Beasley says a number of actions taken by GM involving the ignition switch indicate it knew about the problem early on, even in the car’s development, but were not willing to inform the public or government regulators as they were required to do.
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