General Motors Vehicles Subjected to Massive Recalls
General Motors fell under federal scrutiny in 2014 when investigations found that the automaker had failed to initiate several safety recalls in a timely manner. Further, it was revealed that multiple wrongful deaths and hundreds of crashes and injuries were linked to GM’s delayed actions.
CONGRESS INVESTIGATES GM DURING IGNITION SWITCH RECALL
During Congressional hearings focused on General Motors’ ignition switch recall, Senator Claire McCaskill accused the automotive giant of fostering a “culture of cover-up” where concerns of vehicle defects were met with disregard. Investigations revealed multiple breakdowns in GM’s chain-of-command in which engineers were unable to pull attention known defects in General Motors vehicles.
While an investigation did not point to purposeful negligence on the behalf of GM’s leadership, federal officials could not help but be deterred by the lapses that allowed some vehicles equipped with dangerously defective ignition switches remain on the road for a decade.