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Investigators Negligent in GM Recall

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Camara Thomas2 years ago

According to a report filed by the Office of the Inspector General, federal investigators were negligent in their recall of General Motors vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch.

NHTSA Revisits Complaint Review Process

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had been receiving many reports that General Motors (GM) car ignitions were defective. These reports were coming in from dealers, policemen, the inspector general, consumers, and repair men since 2003.

The faulty manufacturing process allowed for the vehicles to turn off even when in motion. Upon losing power, vehicles would lose power steering, power brakes, and even turn off the airbags – sometimes it would only take a slight touch of vibration to shut off a vehicle.

Despite numerous complaints and reports, NHTSA failed to properly investigate the issue.

NHTSA has issued statements stating that they are making several changes within their administration to ensure that this does not happen again.

Description of the Recall

  • General Motors is recalling 129 million vehicles.
  • The total cost of the recall is somewhere around $4.1 billion in addition to a victims’ compensation fund estimated to be around $150 million.
  • More than 110 deaths have been linked to the faulty GM ignition switch. 


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