Customers suing General Motors over the recall of vehicles with faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths want a U.S. District judge to order the automaker to issue a “park it” order for the affected vehicles until they can be repaired, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Tex. will consider whether or not the automaker should issue what the complainants are calling a “fail safe solution” to prevent more accidents until all the switches can be replaced. The request for a park-it order was made as part of a class-action lawsuit seeking $10 billion for the lost value of the affected small vehicles recalled this year.
The lawsuit is just one of many the automaker is facing in a multitude of states, including Michigan and California. It is also facing lawsuits in regards to other injuries and deaths while it attempts to address criticism it knew of the defect since as early as 2001 and failed to correct it due to cost-saving measures.
This week, CEO Mary Barra met at GMs offices in Washington with the families of the accident victims, apologizing personally and as CEO and listening to each of their stories of loss. When asked by the families at the meeting about the possibility of a park-it order, Barra said the cars can be driven safely, Bob Hilliard, an attorney for plaintiffs in two lawsuits against GM told Bloomberg in an interview.
In the Corpus Christi case, two plaintiffs who own a 2006 Cobalt sued GM on March 14 for allegedly concealing the ignition defects, subsequently reducing the car’s resale value because the key can be jostled or moved out of position. The plaintiffs claim that while GM works on fixing the vehicles “additional incidents of ignition switch failures will certainly occur,” and that “injuries and fatalities are the inevitable consequence of such additional accidents.”