Early crashes in rental Ions and Cobalts should have revealed ignition switch flaws.
All of the plaintiffs claim their injuries happened after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy.
Characterizes the ignition switch recall a “clarion call” for change.
General Motors Engineers Treated Large Car Ignition Switch Failures Differently Than Small Car Engineers
Engineers reacted to ignition defects more quickly when it occurred to larger, more profitable vehicles.
The amount is still subject to increase, however.
GM has recalled more than 28,000,000 vehicles this year.
The agency was made aware of a possible issue in 2007, but failed to open an investigation.
GM feels the June 30 recall for the Malibu and similar vehicles are a separate deal, but several critics feel otherwise.
The ignition switch in certain midsize sedans was redesigned with the same part number.
Plaintiffs will still receive compensation through Ken Feinberg’s fund, however.
Drunk drivers, even.
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee grilled GM and, now, Delphi on July 17th.