US Senators and Congress members are asking GM to explain the “delay of more than 10 years in notifying consumers and beginning to repair the defect.” that cause loss of power include loss of power steering and power brakes in numerous GM products.
The defect was exposed as a result of the work of trial lawyers. The NHTSA simply does not have the resources or ability to properly review many dangerous product matters. In fact, there has been question as to why the NHTSA didn’t do something sooner when there were reports of injuries and deaths.
Many dangerous products defects are disclosed as a result of lawsuits brought by lawyers for personal injury victims or the families of those killed due to defective products. Those advocating for our legal system will tell you trial attorneys are the last line of defense for consumers and the public in dealing with large corporations.
If you recall, GM filed for bankruptcy during the financial meltdown years ago and received a large infusion of cash. It may use the bankruptcy to try to shield itself from responsibility to those who were injured, and the families of those who were killed as a result of the defect it failed to disclose. GM did not disclose the defect and potential claims in its bankruptcy filing, and should not use that to protect itself from its refusal to disclose and correct the hazard. There are likely many more injuries and deaths as a result of the failure to disclose and correct the dangerous defect.