CAS Statement on General Motors $35 Million Civil Penalty

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Immediate Release: May 16, 2014

                                                                                                Clarence Ditlow 202-328-7700

CAS Statement on DOT-GM Ignition Switch $35 Million Consent Agreement

In entering a consent agreement with GM over the ignition switch defect, DOT did the most that it could do under the Safety Act – impose a $35 million fine and require GM to have a system in place to ensure compliance with the recall provisions of the Act. Congress should untie DOT’s hands and make violation of all provisions of the Safety Act criminal plus uncap civil penalties.

The big issue is what is the Department of Justice going to do? The Center for Auto Safety calls on the Justice Department to impose a billion dollar plus fine on GM  and bring individual criminal prosecutions against the responsible GM officials. People died.  Justice demands more than a $35 million slap on the wrist to a hundred billion dollar corporation like GM when it kills consumers.

Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director

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Click here to view the Consent Order

Click here for the NHTSA Press Release

Click here to view the NHTSA Timeliness Query

The recalled GM vehicles include:

  • All 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2005-2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007-2010 Saturn Sky