Lawyers representing plaintiffs with cases against General Motors for its delayed recall of millions of small cars with faulty ignition switches say they have begun to sift through the 320-page report on the matter and are finding details which support their claims, Automotive News reports.
Since announcing the recall in February, GM has had numerous lawsuits filed against it by lawyers of those who have been injured or killed in crashes by affected vehicles. More than 70 lawsuits have also been filed against the company by individuals who claim the recall forced their car to lose value.
The recall report, which is the result of a lengthy internal probe on the company led by former US attorney Anton Valukas, revealed a flawed company culture within GM. In her remarks during the announcement of the report’s findings, CEO Mary Barra said there was “no conspiracy by the corporation to cover up the facts.”
Plaintiff’s lawyers said their initial reviews of the report revealed dozens of individuals, including engineers and lawyers, who failed to act on their knowledge of the faulty ignition switches. This may be a basis for proving the company’s negligence, which will be deciding factor in the lawsuits
GM is facing ongoing probes from the U.S. Department of Justice and state prosecutors, as well as regulators and members of Congress. AN says investigators representing these organizations will most likely not rely on the information presented in the Valukas Report, which was paid for and commissioned by GM.