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General Motors under fire for ignition switch car accidents

Family members in Maryland and other states are issuing scathing statements about the recent General Motors recall. Those relatives, many of whom lost loved ones in car accidents because of the defective GM vehicles, are angrily asking questions about the company's failure to address this serious safety problem. A Congressional hearing is slated to occur in early April in connection with the automaker's apparent negligence in failing to warn drivers about a deadly ignition issue, which may have resulted in as many as 13 deaths. More than two million vehicles have been recalled because of ignition-switch defects.

The current head of GM took control of the company in January. That woman said she plans to pursue an internal investigation to determine where the communications breakdown occurred about the serious vehicle defect. Evidence showed that GM knew about the problem for years, but it rejected the idea of a fix in 2005. Documents indicate that solutions were dismissed at that time because they did not represent an "acceptable business case."

Family members are mourning the loss of their loved ones to a variety of car accidents in which airbags reportedly failed to deploy. The vehicles in question had ignition switch problems that caused power to suddenly cut off, disabling airbags and other safety systems. In many cases, those relatives thought their family members had died because of poor driving or had even caused a drunk driving accident. However, it appears that the ignition switch problem may have been to blame.

Victims who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of car accidents caused by the defective parts may be eligible for financial compensation. Maryland relatives of ignition-switch crashes may be able to recover damages for funeral costs, pain and suffering and a variety of other civil claims. A Maryland personal injury attorney may be able to answer questions about these legal possibilities.

Source: The Washington Post, "GM faces questions on deadly ignition-switch defect as families mourn lives lost" Michael A. Fletcher, Mar. 31, 2014

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