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Update describes GM's lack of responsibility for auto defect

If you've followed the news about how General Motors has been allegedly hiding information about dangerous problems within its vehicles, then this new update may be interesting to you in Washington D.C. It claims that the company was aware of its dangerous products, but it did nothing to recall vehicles despite the potentially-lethal problems in the cars.

An interesting point that has come up in the recent update is that somehow, GM had been able to get around answering what caused a crash in one of their vehicles. In at least three cases where someone had been killed, GM opted not to respond. It's alleged that GM didn't want to respond even though it knew some models of its vehicles could have sudden power loss.

GM could have answered why those cars had issues much earlier. They had been asked through documents that are called "death inquiries." Those inquiries simply ask automakers to explain what happened in a crash and to look for defects in vehicles. Thirteen total deaths were later able to be linked to defects in older Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions; they might have been prevented with an earlier recall.

This lack of responsibility by the company resulted in one woman pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide. She had a trace amount of Xanax in her system at the time of the crash. It turned out that it wasn't her fault at all; the defect in the vehicle was to blame. What was GM's argument? It claimed that there wasn't enough information to accurately assess the case, even with what it knew about the potential defects.

Getting blamed for an accident that isn't your fault shouldn't happen. If you've been hurt in one of these vehicles that lost control, you may have a case, too.

Source: The New York Times, "Documents Show General Motors Kept Silent on Fatal Crashes" Rebecca R. Ruiz, Danielle Ivory, Jul. 16, 2014

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