The recent Texas ruling that rejected a “park it” order for recalled General Motors vehicles is but one headache the automaker has in courts around the United States. In California, plaintiffs are telling the court that the shield that the “New GM” is able to use to avoid litigation from the “Old GM” is “irrelevant.”
According to Bloomberg.com, the plaintiffs are seeking a discovery “in order to protect the public. General Motors’ argument regarding the impending filing with the Bankruptcy Court is a red herring and must be rejected.” They want information so they can possibly ask the judge to tell GM to disclose more information about its cars and expand its recall, including grounding the recalled vehicles.
The federal court in Corpus Christi, TX ruled that U.S. regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are more qualified than the courts in determining whether the recalled vehicles should be grounded, and the NHTSA didn’t feel there was a need.
“Our full efforts are on our customers’ safety and fixing their vehicles as quickly as we can,” says General Motors Spokesman Kevin Kelly. “We also are conducting an unsparing, comprehensive review of the circumstances leading to the ignition switch recall to make sure something like this does not happen again.” However, he declined to comment on the California litigation.