American auto makers are back in the news after the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration fined General Motors (GM) for not being upfront
about known safety defects in some of their motor vehicles. GM agreed
to pay a $35 million penalty for its failures and delayed recalls, and
will make significant internal changes to policies on how safety defects
will be handled in the future. GM will also be subject to increased U.S.
oversight for up to three years.
GM's case is yet another instance of a major manufacturer being fined
for failing to put consumer safety first. Instead, many of these large
corporations place profits over people – and as a result, many consumers
suffer preventable harm. For example, Toyota recently faced a criminal
fine for concealing known acceleration defects in vehicles. Because of
Toyota's negligence and failures, several victims died as a result,
including one San Diego family.
As consumers, many of us place our trust in our vehicles and their manufacturers
and are led to believe that they are safe. When consumers are harmed as
a result of the negligence or wrongful acts of auto makers, they may have
a right to recover their damages by filing a personal injury claim.
If you are planning to travel over the Memorial Day Weekend, or simply
stay home and celebrate the holiday, do so safely and enjoy. Our legal
team at Norman Taylor & Associates is here to help anyone who would
like to learn more about their legal rights.