Outrage among consumers intensified as General Motors today announced a recall of nearly 3 million more of its cars and light trucks.
Affected by this latest recall are:
- Chevrolet Malibu (2004-12)
- Chevrolet Malibu Maxx (2004-07)
- Chevrolet Malibu 2.5-liter (2014)
- Pontiac G6 (2005-10)
- Saturn Aura (2007-10)
- Chevrolet Silverado (2014-15)
- GMC Sierra (2014-15)
- Chevrolet Tahoe (2015)
- Chevrolet Corvette (2005-07)
- Cadillac CTS (2013-14)
Since February, the automotive giant has recalled close to 13 million vehicles.
Meanwhile, in an ominous foreshadowing of things to come for GM, the company agreed to pay $35 million to end efforts by the U.S. government to hold GM accountable for not disclosing sooner an ignition-switch defect that resulted in highway carnage.
Weitz & Luxenberg applauds the federal Department of Transportation for acting so swiftly to bring GM to justice —something Weitz & Luxenberg and several other major law firms around the country are at present doing through the civil court system.
“There have been hundreds of highway accidents and deaths because of GM’s wrongful conduct,” said Robin L. Greenwald, who heads our Environmental Toxic Torts Litigation group.
“The ignition-switch defect was something GM knew about for over a decade but heartlessly chose to keep quiet about it,” she said.
“They kept quiet about it so that an unsuspecting and trusting public would continue buying the company’s cars and trucks,” she said. “In other words, disclosing the problems would have been bad for business.”
This latest GM recall has nothing to do with the ignition-switch problem.
In the case of the Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Pontiac, and Aura, those cars are plagued by wiring-harness corrosion. The corrosion causes the brake lights to not work when the brake pedal is depressed.
GM admits there have been 13 crashes resulting from the brake-light failure. GM also admits it knew of this problem six years ago.