In the midst of the GM recall debacle, a large disparity exists in the number of deaths attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Federal data indicates as many as 303 people have died as a result of defective auto products and parts manufactured by GM. GM believes that number is too high and says only 12 deaths related to the switches have occurred.
Many people in Colorado might argue that either number is far too many deaths -- especially since GM knew or should have known about the problem with the ignition switch anywhere between 2001 and 2004. The insinuation is that both GM, and possibly the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ignored the problem, essentially allowing more people to die or be injured as result of the defect. Numerous lawsuits have either been filed, or will be filed, by GM shareholders and families of the victims.
The federal government decided to conduct an investigation in connection with the recall to determine whether the proper procedure was followed. The NHTSA is initiating a probe into the GM's timing with regard the recall. In its own defense, the NHTSA says the crash data they compiled did not conclusively point to any trend in the fatalities reported.
It could take some time for a final report from anyone is received. In the meantime, anyone in Colorado who believes he or she was injured or had a loved one die as a result of the defective auto products and parts that are the subject of the recall may exercise his or her right to file a products liability claim against GM. GM should have to own up to its actions and compensate those who suffered because of the longstanding problem with the ignition switch.
Source: CNN Money, Safety group claims 303 deaths linked to recalled GM cars, Chris Isidore, March 14, 2014