The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting an investigation into General Motors’ massive recall of cars with defective ignition switches. Investigators want to understand why it took the company so long to issue the recall in the first place. GM’s recall affects 1.6 million cars.
31 car accidents and 13 fatalities have been linked to the defective vehicles. The NHTSA says that GM, which underwent restructuring due to filing for bankruptcy in 2009, could be facing up to $35 million in fines.
The NHTSA is encouraging owners of the recalled vehicles to “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring” when driving the vehicle. Owners of the recalled cars should get the necessary repairs as soon as they become available.
The attorneys at Crowe & Harris, LLP understand that Massachusetts people face serious expenses when they are injured in car accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident because of negligent manufacturing you could be qualified to receive compensation for your injuries. Call (617) 404-3417 to speak with a member of our legal team today.