If you happen to have a view of a parking lot from your window, take a look outside. Chances are that a good portion of the vehicles you see out there right now are under some form of recall due to a
or design. That's especially true if the vehicle happens to have been made by General Motors.
Few are likely unaware that more than 6 million GM cars, SUVs and trucks have become subject to recall since February. Issues range from faulty ignition switches, to problems that can cause a sudden loss of power steering, faulty airbags, errant power brake booster pumps and transmission fluid leaks that could lead to fires.
So far, GM has acknowledged that there have been at least 13 deaths linked to the faulty ignition switches. But there are another 14 deaths that are questionable and congressional hearings this week are expected to delve into whether they should be tied to the switch issues.
GM CEO Mary Barra has reportedly met personally with some of the families of those who have suffered apparent wrongful death in crashes. An attorney for the families says Barra listened to their stories one by one and apologized. She also said that she would "make things right," but it isn't clear exactly what that means at this point.
Lacking clarity on such an important point is one of many reasons why anyone who believes they have been the victim of a defective product should be working with an experienced attorney.
According to news reports, one of the other things lawmakers expect to dig into are discrepancies in GM's timeline that indicate it knew as long ago as 2001 that there were ignition switch problems, but failed to take action until this year.
Source: Reuters, "U.S. congressional probe heats up as GM expands recalls," Ben Klayman, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan, March 31, 2014
Source: NBC News, "
GM's CEO Barra To Face Heavy Grilling as Car Recalls Rise
," Paul A. Eisentstein, March 31, 2014