Texas Judge Will Hear “Park It Now” Motion Today
A U.S. District judge in Corpus Christi, Texas will hear a “Park It Now” motion that would compel General Motors to inform owners of recalled vehicles to stop driving until repairs are made. The motion is part of mounting pressure for the automaker to ground the recalled vehicles which many claim are unsafe to drive.
Park It Now
“GM's refusal to voluntarily tell owners to 'Park it Now' shows a complete lack of concern for their own customers and for the public at large. This is not just an issue for GM vehicle owners. When a GM vehicle stalls or crashes on the road, the safety of every pedestrian and driver near that car is compromised.” – Thomas J. Henry
The “Park It Now” motion was filed by personal injury lawyers Thomas J. Henry and Robert Hilliard. If a judge finds in favor of the motion, GM would need to find loaner cars for the over 2.5 million vehicles that have been recalled since February. GM has already offered free loaners to any owner who is uncomfortable driving a recalled vehicle, but the company estimates it has provided only 13,000 rentals to concerned owners, so far.
The attorneys also sent a letter to GM chief officer Mary Barra on Thursday demanding that GM ground the recalled vehicles. In their letter, the attorneys cited an affidavit from Laura Valle, an owner of a recalled 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. Valle said that despite removing everything from her key chain, her vehicle still stalled suddenly.
Senators Draft a Petition to GM
Also on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) e-mailed his constituents, asking them to sign a petition demanding that recalled vehicles be taken off the roads. The e-mail included a video of him and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) advising of the dangers of driving the recalled vehicles.
Blumenthal had also sent a letter to the Attorney General last month urging the Justice Department to intervene in the ignition switch recall.
GM Insists Cars Are Safe
All of this comes as GM insists the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as owners take any extra weight off the key. Barra testified to that effect before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. She even went so far as to say that she would allow her son to drive a recalled vehicle, “as long as he only had the ignition key.”
Barra also testified that GM had done extensive testing of the recalled vehicles and were confident that removing extra weight would keep drivers safe. GM has said the tests performed included “significant jarring” events such as hitting a four inch high median at 50 mph and running across train tracks at 70 mph.
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