G.M. Recall Scandal Exposed By Civil Justice System After Years of Corporate and Regulatory Failure

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2014

Contact: Katie Gommel
American Association for Justice
202-965-6645
katie.gommel@justice.org

G.M. Recall Scandal Exposed By Civil Justice System After Years of Corporate and Regulatory Failure


Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc on today’s hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding the G.M. ignition switch recall:

“The escalating fallout over the G.M. ignition-switch recall scandal should be a wake-up call to all Americans as to why the civil justice system is essential to ensuring our families are safe from dangerous products.”

“G.M. knew of the fatal ignition-switch defect as far back as 2004 – the year the first Chevy Cobalt rolled off the lot – and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration learned of the defect in 2007.  But the danger was only exposed in 2013 by a lawsuit brought by a victim’s family.”

“When corporations act with indifference and government agencies fail, the civil justice system is the only way to shed light on dangerous products and ensure that corporations are held accountable for the harm they cause.”

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