General Motors is under fire for the way it is handling compensation for the victims of faulty ignition switches. Only certain General Motors vehicles currently being recalled qualify for compensation, leading one lawyer representing victims that the current package is not enough.
Dani Liblang of the Liblang Law Firm represents over a dozen victims who have suffered loss or injury in GM vehicles that are not eligible for compensation under GM’s current plan. The Birmingham, Ala.-based warranty and injury litigation expert told WXYZ news in Detroit that General Motors “…made the right first step coming forward with this program and put a lot of effort into it. It’s just not wide enough.”
The current compensation package involves Chevrolet Colbalt and HHR, Saturn Ion and Sky, and Pontiac G5 and Solstice vehicles. The victims Liblang is representing were not driving those vehicles.
General Motors spokesman Greg Martin explained to WXYZ why the company currently has no plans to compensate Liblang’s clients: “The compensation program was established for those who were harmed by the initial ignition switch recall. It was a unique and extraordinary set of circumstances that required an extraordinary response on our part. Recalls done since then that could also involve the unintended rotation of the ignition key are separate and unrelated to the ignition switch recall.”