GM Recall A Knew-And-Failed-To Issue

General Motors has become the latest corporation to issue a recall for a product that poses a significant safety risk for the public. 

On Tuesday, the AP reported that GM is recalling 1.6 million small cars to fix faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes. The recall says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted brakes and steering and disable the front air bags. 

This safety hazard has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths. 

The alarming fact is that according to reports GM knew about the problem for 10 years, but made no effort to alert the public know or issue a recall even though there were deaths. 

This is another case of "Knew-And-Failed-To."

Those who are responsible for these dangers like GM’s recalled cars often know about the problems and do nothing to fix them.  People find it hard to believe that anybody would cover up a product's danger and then market that product to the very people it is likely to kill or injure.  

Yet, that is exactly what happens time and time again.

This is also another example of why we need to fight for justice and accountability. 

The civil justice system empowers Americans to hold corporations accountable that put profit margins over product safety, and it provides an essential incentive for corporations to act responsibly from the start. 

You can help by becoming a Take Justice Back activist and ensure that corporations like GM are held accountable.