General Motors settled another lawsuit stemming from not only the ignition switch recall fallout, but from other various vehicle defects. In 2014, the California lawsuit filed claimed GM concealed various vehicle defects and continued to sell and market its cars without proper recalls or repairs.
The settlement includes a $13.9 million sum for Orange County, California, according to the Orange County Register. Due to the various defects and recalls surrounding the ignition switch, airbags and brakes, 124 people died and 275 people were injured. Additionally, prosecutors allege GM trained staff to never use the words “defect” or “stall” and it consistently discouraged employees from discussing safety issues with its cars.
In 2014, GM issued 33 recalls spanning 17 million cars over a five-month period. Along with the settlement, GM said it continues to implement quality and safety protocols at all levels of its business.
“Since 2014, GM has taken important steps to help ensure the safety of its vehicles, including a new organizational structure dedicated to global vehicle safety and a robust Speak Up for Safety program,” the company’s statement said.