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Senator Blumenthal Urges DOJ to Hold GM Liable

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Tina Robinson4 years ago

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has recently issued a letter to Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General requesting immediate intervention by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into General Motors' faulty ignition switch recall.

Senator Blumenthal’s Letter

According to a press release on Senator Blumenthal’s web site, the letter sent by the senator requests immediate action to be taken by the DOJ to intervene on behalf of those who injured or killed by the faulty ignition switches. The action that Blumenthal is urging is threefold:

  1. Blumenthal has asked that GM be required to establish a relief fund for victims of the faulty ignition switches.
  2. Blumenthal also recommended that the DOJ intervene in any pending civil actions in order to oppose any effort by GM to deny responsibility.
  3. Finally, Blumenthal asked that the DOJ or an appropriate consumer protection agency, “ensure that consumers are adequately aware of the potential dangers of operating these vehicles prior to repair of the defective ignitions.”

In his letter, Blumenthal noted that GM’s “deliberate concealment caused continuing death and damage, and it constituted a fraud on the bankruptcy court that approved its reorganization. It also criminally deceived the United States government and the public.”

Overall, GM has recalled 3.1 million vehicles globally in the past two months. The majority of the vehicles recalled were due to faulty ignition switches that could cause loss of engine power and other safety equipment. There have been 12 confirmed fatalities linked to the defective ignition switches, although some reports suggest upwards of 300 deaths. 

Blumenthal Opposed 2009 Restructure

Senator Blumenthal led a group of Connecticut state attorneys who fought against a bankruptcy court restructuring of GM in 2009. The restructuring shielded GM from liability for defects in pre-2009 vehicles. 


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