Earlier this week, U.S. auto safety regulators announced that General Motors (GM) will be paying a 35 million dollar settlement in response to delays in recalling 2.6 million vehicles.
GM will not only be paying such a high penalty, but the government will now be looking into their recall process to determine why the delays occurred and to prevent them from happening in the future.
In the settlement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, GM admitted that it wasn’t forthcoming about faulty ignition systems that could suddenly shut off while driving. In addition to recalls for faulty ignitions, GM issued recalls for the following:
- Front safety lap belt cables
- Shift cables that caused mismatches of the gear position indicated on the shifter
- Passenger side air bag welds
- Retention clips that could lead to a potential fire
While there have not been any deaths associated with four of the recalls, there have been at least 13 deaths linked to the faulty ignitions.
GM has agreed to be more forthcoming with their recalls and to be open with their efforts to notify owners about safety concerns and recall issues.
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