As injuries and fatalities continue to rise in connection with defective ignition switches in millions of GM cars and trucks, General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its poor response and botched handling of the grave product safety issue.
At least 124 people have died and many more have been injured in crashes caused by GM cars shutting off without notice, disabling the airbag, power steering and power brakes. GM executives have admitted that its employees were aware of the ignition switch flaw for nearly a decade before implementing a recall in 2014.
Although federal authorities have said that GM executives made misleading statements and concealed information about the faulty switch, the settlement does not hold individual decision makers at GM accountable and has drawn criticism relatives of those killed in crashes caused by the faulty ignition switches.
“While nothing can bring my daughter back, we need a system where auto executives are accountable to the public and not just corporate profits,” Laura Christian, whose 16-year-old daughter Amber Marie Rose was killed in 2005, told CNN.
The automotive product liability lawyers at Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball have extensive experience representing individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of dangerous automotive products. The trial team has successfully represented individuals who have been injured by defective tires and automotive products, spurring automakers and product manufacturers to make safety improvements to their products.
Read more about the settlement here.