CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 31, 2014 ) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a personal injury firm handling numerous GM recall injury and death cases, is asking for the public's help in their nationwide GM recall investigation. The firm has launched a national media campaign-utilizing television, radio, web, and social media to gather information about the recent recall of 2.6 million Chevy, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles with defective ignitions. The ignition switches on these vehicles can fail, causing loss of vehicle power, loss of power steering, and non-deployment of airbags. The recalled vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths and numerous other accidents and injuries.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is representing a number of individuals who were injured and the families of those who lost loved ones in accidents involving the recalled vehicles. The firm has been investigating the issue aggressively, and has filed a number of lawsuits against General Motors and its CEO, Mary Barra.
"As the investigation continues, I have been shocked and horrified at what I have found," lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated. "But my fear is that the information we have uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg. For us to get the full picture, we need the public's help."
The firm is asking all Americans affected by the GM recall to tell their story in the hopes that the information uncovered will help convince a judge to force GM to issue the "Park It Now" order and get the recalled vehicles off the road. After GM refused to voluntarily issue the Park It Now order, the firm filed an Emergency Motion in federal court to force the issue. Arguments will be heard before Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 4, 2014. Thomas J. Henry hopes to collect the recall stories of any American affected prior to the hearing.
"We are asking any American affected by the GM recall to tell their story," Thomas J. Henry stated. "We want to talk to vehicle owners, former GM employees, mechanics, auto dealership employees...anyone who came in contact with these vehicles. Their stories will help us show how dangerous these vehicles are. They will help us get the cars off the road and save lives."
The firm has emphasized they will protect the identity of anyone who comes forward with information.
"We will respect your confidentiality. We will speak with your attorney, if you have one. The only goal is to get to the truth, and make sure no more lives are needlessly lost as a result of these defective, unsafe, vehicles," Thomas J. Henry stated.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 27, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has filed an Emergency Motion in Federal Court to compel GM to issue a "Park It Now" notice to the current owners of certain Chevy, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles recalled for defective ignitions. If the motion is granted, GM would be forced to tell recalled vehicle owners to park their cars until they are fixed.
"Then the company would have to decide whether or not to be a responsible corporation and provide substitute vehicles," Thomas J. Henry said.
The motion was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear arguments on April 4.
Though the recalled GM vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths, the company has continually refused to voluntarily issue a "Park It Now" notice, insisting the cars are safe to drive even though their recall release says they can cause serious injury and death.
"GM's refusal to voluntarily tell owners to 'Park it Now' shows a complete lack of concern for their own customers and for the public at large. This is not just an issue for GM vehicle owners. When a GM vehicle stalls or crashes on the road, the safety of every pedestrian and driver near that car is compromised. These recalled cars are ticking time bombs, travelling down the roadway along with the rest of us, our families, and our children. They need to be parked until repairs are made."
THOMAS J. HENRY REACTS TO CLAIMS THAT RECALLED CARS ARE SAFE TO DRIVE
On their website, GM states that several factors can increase the likelihood of ignition failure in the recalled vehicles; factors include heavy key rings, bumpy roads, or other jarring events. They also claim that the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as all ancillary items are removed from the key ring.
"They gloss right over the fact that a bumpy road can cause the ignition to turn off while the car is being driven, which can lead to accidents, serious injuries, and deaths," Thomas J. Henry stated. "I've been to every major city in the U.S. and have yet to find one that didn't have bumpy roads," he added.
"It is reckless to tell the public that these vehicles are safe to drive when hitting a pothole or travelling on uneven pavement can cause a fatal accident. Drivers cannot control the level of bumpiness on a road. The only thing drivers can control is the choice of whether or not to roll the dice and drive their cars despite these tremendous risks. GM should not be asking drivers to make this choice," Thomas J. Henry stated.
ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE GM RECALL
GM recalled 1.6 million Chevrolet, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles in February over faulty ignition switches. Factors including a heavy key ring, the jarring of the key, or a bumpy road can cause the switch to slip from the "on" position to the "accessory" position, essentially cutting engine power and disabling the air bags, brakes, and power steering. GM has linked 12 deaths to the issue. The Center for Auto Safety has linked 303 deaths to the defect.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national injury firm, is representing numerous families in states across the U.S. who have lost loved ones in accidents involving the recalled vehicles.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 20, 2014) According to allegations outlined in the most recent GM recall case filing, current and past General Motors CEOs knew or should have known that an issue with ignition switches on certain Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles would result in the vehicles' diminution of value and withheld that information from the public.
General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles with defective ignitions in February of 2014. These recalled vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths. News reports indicate that GM was aware of the ignition switch issue as early as 2001.
According to the recent filing by plaintiffs' attorney Thomas J. Henry, current GM CEO Mary Barra and her predecessors: Dan Akerson (GM CEO from 9/10-1/14) Edward Whitacre, Jr. (GM CEO from 12/09-9/10), Frederick A. Henderson (GM CEO from 3/09-12/09), and G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. (GM CEO from 6/00-3/09) all had knowledge of the ignition defect and:
"...in a complete disregard of [their] duties, drove the production of the recalled vehicles, ignored the alarming number of vehicles losing power due the faulty ignition switch, refused to implement a repair to the ignition switch, actively mislead the general public regarding the safety of the recalled vehicles and refused to recall the subject vehicles." - excerpt from Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Petition, CAUSE NO. 2014CCV-60443-4, filed in Nueces County Court at Law No. 4, March 20, 2014
"The CEOs and Board of Directors need to be held accountable to the fullest extent the law requires," Thomas J. Henry stated.
He added, "GM used the American public's money in their 2009 bailout while at the same time actively deceiving the public and hiding their vile conduct as they continued on a path of death and destruction in an effort to make money for their global corporation. All government agencies responsible for public safety, from the U.S. Congress to federal regulatory agencies, need to understand the role of corporate officers in this matter and hold them responsible for the horrific accidents and deaths and financial injury affecting people and families across the U.S."
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