Auto giant General Motors was aware that an ignition switch problem would turn off the vehicle and disable the airbags in the event of a crash. For years the company knew this, records show, and yet it took them a decade to issue a recall for 2.6 million cars.
In the meantime, reports are that 13 people were killed as a result of this defect. One of those was a 16-year-old girl from Conway. Our Rock Hill car accident attorneys understand that the girl died in 2005 - four years after the vehicle defect was known - when she crashed into a tree and her airbags failed to deploy. She was her mother's only child.
"As far as I'm concerned, this is murder," the mother told a group of reporters, speaking out in advance of Congressional testimony offered by GM CEO Mary Barra. The primary focus was how her firm handled knowledge of potential dangers to consumers and the public in general. The overall consensus? Not well.