Senators Push “Park it Now” Notice as Number of People Affected by GM Recall Grows
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (April 30, 2014) — Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are urging the Department of Transportation to issue a “Park It Now” order for 2.5 million General Motors vehicles recalled for defective ignitions. The senators both serve on a Congressional committee charged with investigating GM and their handling of the ignition switch recall.
In a letter to Department of Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx, the senators urge Foxx to issue the order, writing that “every day that unrepaired vehicles remain on the road increases the risk of more injuries, deaths and damage.” They are asking that all cars remain parked until repairs are complete, which may not be until October of 2014.
In April, Thomas J. Henry made a similar request to a federal judge in Texas. The firm is leading the nation in GM recall injury and death litigation, representing nearly 500 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall.
Ken Feinberg Working with GM on Victims Compensation Fund
The senators' request comes at a time when GM is reportedly exploring the idea of setting up a victim compensation fund with the help of “pay czar” Ken Feinberg, who previously handled victim compensation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, BP oil spill, and Boston Marathon bombings.
Thus far, GM has linked the recalled vehicles to 31 accidents and has only publicly recognized 13 death victims.
“We believe that the degree and extent of serious injuries and deaths is far beyond the representations by GM,” Thomas J. Henry added. “I know Mr. Feinberg and all at GM understand the devastation to individuals and families. His role can be pivotal in the healing process for all affected.”
About Thomas J. Henry
Thomas J. Henry, leaders in national GM recall litigation, is one of the largest personal injury firms in the United States and has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years. The firm specializes in wrongful death, on the job injury, child injury, pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.
The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year. These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents. This comes on the heels of winning the number one back injury verdict in the country in 2012.