Jul. 19, 2014

GM Hid Defect Despite Deaths

In 2004, Gene Erickson was killed when the Saturn Ion driven by his girlfriend, Candice Anderson, suddenly swerved off a Dallas road, hitting a tree. The air bags did not deploy. Anderson was convicted of manslaughter because she had trace amounts of Xanax in her system. Now, however, she knows she wasn’t to blame; GM was. The Ion was one of many GM cars that suddenly lost power – hence no air bags – due to a known defect swept under the rug by the automaker. In Erickson’s case, GM merely said they had not assessed the incident, but in others the word was, “GM opts not to respond.” A total of 29 million GM vehicles have been recalled now, and we may only be scratching the surface of GM’s – not to mention the NHTSA’s – malfeasance. More…

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