Product Defect News: Key GM Internal Documents Released by Congress

According to Reuters, House investigators made public nearly 250,000 pages of documents including GM emails, internal memos, and other correspondence regarding discussions within the company concerning the faulty ignition switch effecting some 2.6 million Chevrolet and GM cars this year.  The particular defective switch was causing cars to inadvertently turn off, which could lead to a loss of power steering and braking power.  At least 13 individuals are thought to have died as a result of this product defect.  

GM’s slow recall of the switch as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations failure to recognize the problem in the face of numerous consumer complaints is being investigated by the House and Senate, federal auto safety regulators, and federal prosecutors.  “Documents show individuals at GM allowed vehicles with safety concerns to remain on the road for almost a decade, resulting in at least 13 fatalities,” said Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chairman of the House subcommittee leading the probe of GM and federal regulators.  Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, maintains “there is still much left to examine and we will continue to follow the facts.”

If you or a loved one has been affected by a product defect, including a defective car, please contact a Stratos Law, South Carolina product defect lawyer.

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