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Motion Asks Judge to Compel GM to Issue Notice Not to Drive Recalled Vehicles

Tina Robinson3 years ago

Two General Motors customers filed a motion yesterday asking a U.S. judge to order the manufacturer to warn drivers not to continue operating recalled vehicles until repairs are made.

About the Emergency Motion

According a Reuters report, two plaintiffs in a lawsuit against GM filed an emergency motion in a Corpus Christi, TX court on Monday asking a federal judge to compel GM to issue a notice warning owners of vehicles affected by the ignition switch recall that it is unsafe to drive the cars until repaired.

Charles and Grace Silvas, who filed the motion, are the owners of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. The Silvas’ lawsuit against GM claims that the automaker was aware of an ignition switch defect for over a decade, and the recall has caused their vehicle to lose value.

The motion filed on Monday asserts that informing owners not to continue operating the recalled vehicles is the only way to ensure that no one else is injured or killed.

Are the Recalled Vehicles Safe to Drive?

GM issued a recall of 1.6 million vehicles last month due to faulty ignition switches that can be moved out of the “on” position when extra weight is put on the key ring or bumped. The result is a sudden loss of engine power, power steering and airbag systems. Already 12 deaths have been linked to the defective ignition switches.

A spokesman for GM told Reuters that the company has notified both dealers and consumers that recalled vehicles are safe to operate if all extra weight is removed from the key ring, including the key fob. GM has said that repairs to replace the ignition switches will begin in April.  

Other Legal Action Against GM

The automaker has been hit with several lawsuits over the past few weeks, including several proposed class action lawsuits. On Friday, an investor filed a suit against GM claiming that the recall took away billions from share value. Also filed on Friday was the first wrongful death lawsuit against GM since the recall was initiated in February.

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene in the GM recall. Among other things, Blumenthal asked that the DOJ compel GM to establish a relief fund for victims of the ignition switch recall. 


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