LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
In testimony before Congress on April 1, 2014, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that the company did indeed know about issues with faulty ignition switches for more than a decade, according to an April 1, 2014 article in The Los Angeles Times. The faulty switches are linked to 13 deaths and numerous accidents. Barra further testified that she is looking into whether GM engineering employees were part of a massive cover-up or were just incompetent in not recalling that defective part that is at the center of the GM recall, as stated in an April 1, 2014 story in The Los Angeles Times. Currently, the GM recall may affect more than 1.6 million vehicles.
The pressing question at hand before the House Energy and Commerce Committee panel was why the automaker waited so many years to recall the vehicles. CEO Barra did not have an answer, but said GM is asking former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas to help them look into the matter, also according to The Los Angeles Times.
Barra’s Congressional testimony left many questions unanswered for families of those allegedly killed or hurt because of the faulty ignition switches. Baron and Budd, along with co-counsel, was one of the first law firms to file a lawsuit against GM over the faulty ignition issue on March 24, 2014, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Galdina Maciel et al v. General Motors LLC, case number 4:14-cv-01339). This lawsuit was the first case filed against GM that would represent all of the owners and lessees of the GM vehicles included in the faulty ignition recall.
“We are proud to stand up for people allegedly harmed by GM's inaction,” said Roland Tellis, a shareholder at Baron and Budd.
According to GM, the faulty ignitions may cause certain GM vehicles to stall or suddenly turn off, or even cause the air bag system to fail during an accident. The vehicles affected by the recent recall include: the Chevrolet Cobalt, the Chevrolet HHR, the Pontiac Solstice, the Pontiac G5, the Saturn Ion and the Saturn Sky Vehicle.
If you were seriously injured in a car wreck while driving one of the vehicles included in the faulty ignition recall, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the lawyers at Baron and Budd at 818-839-2320 or visit our website for more information: http://baronandbudd.com/areas-of-practice/gm-faulty-ignition-recall/
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