Most people are aware that an auto accident can happen at any time for a variety of reasons. Along with this, these same people believe that the car they are driving is safe.
Many of our New York readers, as well as those in other parts of the country, have been staying current with General Motor’s recall of 2.6 million vehicles for ignition-switch issues. Relatives of those who were killed in crashes linked to this problem, as well as members of Congress, are urging GM to support a victim compensation fund, while also doing whatever it takes to get the recalled vehicles off the road and out of harm’s way.
One woman, whose daughter was killed in one of the defective vehicles, said, “My main intent in buying the car was for safety. She loved her car — and to think that that car killed her is very painful…. As a mother, none of us would have put our children in these cars.”
This woman, among many other parents, recently met with the GM chief executive officer to discuss what happened and to learn more about the recall. At this point, most people agree that it is important for the company to get the defective cars off the road. This is something GM has agreed to, thus far offering free rental cars to those who own a recalled vehicle.
The fact that an auto accident can occur at any time is not lost on most people, but in this situation, many lives were lost because GM manufactured defective vehicles and did a poor job recalling them in a timely manner. There is already litigation underway against the automaker and more will likely follow in the coming months. Victims and their families have a right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
Source: The Detroit News, “Families, Congress criticize GM on ignition recall” David Shepardson, Apr. 01, 2014