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Victims to Petition NHTSA to Ground Recalled GM Cars

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

Victims and their families are preparing to file a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after a federal judge declined a “park it now” motion seeking to ground recalled GM vehicles.

Victims to Petition NHTSA

The announcement came Thursday that Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos would not grant the emergency motion asking the court to compel GM to ground all recalled vehicles until repairs were made. The judge in her decisions said, “The court is of the opinion that NHTSA is far better equipped than this Court to address the broad and complex issues of automotive safety and the regulation of automotive companies in connection with a nationwide recall.”

Lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated, “While we respect the court’s decision in this matter, we have hundreds of clients who have experience this fatal defect firsthand. Our clients will not give up their fight to get these cars off the road.”

Clients of the firm have said they plan to take the court’s advice and file a petition with NHTSA to remove the cars from the road.

About the Park It Now Motion

The Emergency Motion, called the “park it now” motion was filed on March 28 in U.S. Federal court in Corpus Christi, TX. Arguments were heard on April 4 and the judge’s decision was announced on April 17. Victims and their families argued the only way to ensure there are no more victims of the defective ignition switches is for GM to tell owners not to drive the vehicles until they are repaired.

Approximately 2.2 million Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles have defective ignition switches that can fail, causing a loss of vehicle power, loss of power steering and non-deployment of airbags. GM has acknowledged 13 deaths linked to the defective switches, although some estimates suggest as many as 303 deaths associated with the recalled vehicles.


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