Following fresh revelations that General Motors has continued to conceal information related to its ongoing safety crisis, a leading US Senator has called the company’s conduct “outrageous” and called for more hearings on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), one of the top critics of the automaker’s conduct in handling an ignition-switch flaw now linked to at least 32 deaths, said Tuesday that GM’s “continuing, purposeful concealment strains credulity, and stains the company’s conscience – setting back efforts to reclaim GM’s good name.”
General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect.
His comments came one day after The New York Times reported the company withheld critical information from the family of Jean Averill, a Connecticut woman killed in a single-car crash in 2003 that it determined was caused by the defective ignition switch.
General Motors had internally identified Averill as one of the 13 victims it had initially acknowledged as related to the defect. In fact, hers was the first death that involved a Saturn Ion, one of the vehicles at the center of multiple investigations spawned by the problem.
But the company reportedly kept that information hidden, even from Averill’s family. The family didn’t learn of the link to the problem until 11 years later – when her children were contacted by a Times reporter last week. At the same time, they learned they’re running out of time to file a claim with GM’s victim’s compensation fund. A company-set deadline of December 31 is looming on the horizon.