GM has been under a lot of fire as of late as a result of a recall associated with faulty ignition switches. As a result, a number of class action lawsuits have already been filed.
Recently, however, a copy of one of the class action lawsuits made its way to the public. In the document there are stories from 13 people, all of whom discuss how a faulty ignition switch led to them losing control of their vehicle.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that the automaker was well aware that the ignition switches were faulty. They went on to say, "Since at least 2005, GM has known that simply replacing the ignition switches on the defective vehicles is not a solution for the potential for the key to inadvertently turn from the 'run' to the 'accessory/off' position in these vehicles."
This recall, along with the many class action lawsuits, has caused a huge PR disaster for GM. Along with this, the company could be faced with the potential of taking additional action, at an added cost, to ensure that the same problem does not occur in the future.
While many people are already part of the class action lawsuits, there is a chance that more victims from around the country could join in soon enough.
This story goes a long way in showing what happens when an automaker does not deal with a defect as soon as it becomes aware of the problem. As a result of GM's action, many people were involved in car accidents, with some being injured or even killed.
Source: Click On Detroit, "New lawsuit filed against General Motors goes beyond switches" Hank Winchester, Mar. 24, 2014