Woman Cleared of Charges After Evidence Shows that Crash was Linked to Ignition Switch Defect
GM’s fatal ignition switch scandal continues to keep the issue of automobile safety in the forefront. Like so many previous cases, a lawsuit has uncovered what is an unfortunately recognizable pattern: an automobile manufacturer discovers a defective design, but refuses to fix it or even warn regulators because it puts profits before people.
Today, the New York Times reported that General Motors allowed Candice Anderson from Texas to plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and deal with years of guilt and shame over the death of her boyfriend after a fatal crash in her Saturn Ion.
But as the NYT reported, on Monday, GM knew that it was the defective GM ignition switch that was the actual cause of her boyfriend’s fatal crash: "…five months before Ms. Anderson entered her guilty plea, G.M. had conducted an internal review of the crash and quietly ruled its car was to blame, but never let Ms. Anderson or local law enforcement officials know."
GM's conduct is reprehensible, but unfortunately GM is not alone. Recent examples of corporations that have made our roads dangerous and then hidden their actions continue to be uncovered.
Honda, for example, is continuing to face rising criticism over its handling of the defective Takata airbags that went unreported and underreported, as noted in the New York Times today. As reported by the Times, “An audit found that Honda did not report 1,729 written claims or notices on injuries or deaths from mid-2003 through mid-2014 — far more than the about 900 reports for that period that it did make.”
When will the corporate cover-up and the automobile manufacturers failures to help its victims end?