In early June, independent counsel hired by General Motors (GM) delivered a long-awaited investigative report on the deadly ignition switch defect that devastated lives and families across the United States.
As expected, the report by former federal prosecutor Anton R. Valukas did not find evidence of an intentional corporate cover-up, or even the involvement of current GM CEO Mary Barra.
Instead the failure of the company was detailed in comments from the report such as the following:
Despite the due diligence apparent in the report, its delivery did not dim the uproar about the deadly nature of corporate behavior at GM.
Incompetence detailed in the evaluation supports legal claims for injury compensation already filed, or still to be filed, against GM. Hundreds of people were injured and 13 killed by the defective ignition switch. Those numbers are expected to rise with further investigation.
In a Consent Order signed by GM in May, the company agreed to pay a $35 million fine for failure to report the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a timely manner.
This disturbing and deadly defect story is far from over.