Problems for General Motors will not be ending soon. Now, the recall of 1.6 million vehicles is being investigated by the Congress.
Actually, a Congressional committee was formed to address this issue. It has been claimed that General Motors actually knew about the potential lethal defect in 1.6 million vehicles as quickly as 2004, but failed to react and have the problem solved.
This lethal defect has been associated to several car crashes, as well as 13 deaths. Ever since the case was brought to public attention, it has been claimed that General Motors knew about the problem for 11 years. The defect is linked to a fault in the ignition which causes the switch off of the car’s engine.
The New York Times reported that over the years, General Motors received no less than 250 complaints from drivers who claimed to have suddenly lost control over their cars, over a problem with the vehicle.
The Congressional committee will start holding hearings in the coming weeks, talking with both reps from General Motors and safety regulators. At the beginning of this week, reports indicated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration knew about this problem too, but they failed to react and ask General Motors to recall its vehicles.
So, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing in the next weeks, trying to determine if General Motors acted as they should have, or they recalled their vehicles with an unpermitted delay. The committee will go even further, to investigate the reaction that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had at the complaints raised by customers.
General Motors announced the recall of its vehicles on February 13, when the company had chosen to take in 780,000 cars. In two weeks, General Motors announced that the number of recalled vehicles will grow to 1.6 million. Models include Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s, Saturn Ion compacts, Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars.
Well, it is left for the authorities to determine if General Motors complied with the law or is to blame for the accidents and the deaths it has been linked to.