GM Report Released

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“…the best report money can buy.” Senator Richard Blumenthal

The long awaited GM internal investigation into faulty ignition switches was released to the public 6/5/14.  The author of the report, former United States attorney Anthony R. Vlaukas, said, “Although everyone had a responsibility to fix the problem, no one took responsibility.”

GM admits that at least 13 died as a result of the faulty switch.  However, other sources, including lawyers who represent victims, believe there may be as many as 400 deaths and dozens more injured as a result of the switch.

GM has dismissed or disciplined 20 employees.  The highest level employees of the “New GM” seem to have escaped.  GM has hired a consultant to devise a compensation plan for victims, but no plan has been announced and no compensation paid.  At the same time, GM is seeking legal protection from its victims in federal bankruptcy court.

The New York Times of 6/6/14 described the report as a “tale of nonchalance, ignorance and incompetence with tragic consequences.”

For a very complete history of this debacle and analysis of the report, I recommend you read The New York Times of 6/6/14.