Two families whose daughters died while driving cars affected by defective ignition switches protested outside the Renaissance Center, the skyscraper in downtown Detroit that is home to General Motors.
“We need to make this as expensive as possible because apparently that’s the only thing GM pays attention to. The only thing GM seems to listen to is their bottom line,” said Laura Christian, whose 16-year-old daughter Amber was killed in a Maryland crash in 2005.
Ken Rimer, stepfather of Natasha Weigel, the 18-year-old killed in a 2006 accident in Wisconsin, added that “GM was shamed into making changes after engineers, lawyers and safety officials failed to respond to research showing the defect was deadly,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Weigel’s friend, 15-year-old Amy Rademaker, also perished in the accident.
Rimer said the state trooper’s accident report of the crash linked the ignition-switch issue to air bag non-deployment well before General Motors admitted there may be a connection, adding, “All of this information was hidden. We’re trying to keep the heat on.”
Added Christian, ““I think GM needs to be held criminally liable. No money in the world can make up for what they’ve done.”