A federal judge today rejected an emergency order directing General Motors to issue notices to 2.6 million owners that have been affected by the ignition switch recall. Attorneys for Charles and Grace Silvas, owners of a 2006 Cobalt, had sought to order the “park it now” notices.
However, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Texas, denied the request in the ruling, stating, “The court is of the opinion that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is far better equipped than this court to address the broad and complex issues of automotive safety and the regulation of automotive companies in connection with the nationwide recall.” General Motors had argued the vehicles were not unsafe to drive as long as nothing was attached to the key fob while the key is in the ignition.
Robert Hilliard, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said it was a “sad day for tomorrow’s victim. Unfortunately at GM, when profits come up against morality, profits seldom lose.”