Blecker: GM Recalls Show Need for Harsher Penalties for "Red Collar" Criminals
Recently, the Takata Corporation (“Takata”) recalled countless vehicles due to safety concerns regarding airbags they manufacture.
Similarly, Nissan recently increased the number of vehicles requiring recall in the...more
The GM debacle over its handling of the ignition switch defect continues. GM’s CEO Mary Barra and the rest of GM’s leadership just do not seem to be getting the message. It is not unusual for C-Suite executives to lead from...more
Defective Air Bags in Honda, Toyota, and Other Vehicles -
Defective automobile parts can result in major car accidents, severe injuries and even death. The Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata, which produces air bags...more
September was a difficult month for NHTSA. During one week alone, a New York Times article blasted NHTSA for failing to investigate a number of defects that later resulted in injuries and fatalities and, ultimately, recalls;...more
This promises to be one of NHTSA’s busiest years for enforcement and rulemaking activity. NHTSA is expected to continue its aggressive enforcement, sparked by GM’s massive ignition switch recall and the flood of follow-on...more
I have lost count now of how many times GM has issued a recall and the total number of vehicles recalled in the past several months by GM; I know it is in the area of over 20 million vehicles. Tragically, years of delay in...more
General Motors (GM) has set a new precedence for auto recalls this year, as the first cavalcade of auto recalls quickly turned the safety notices into background noise ignored by many of the effected car owners. GM started...more
The now infamous General Motors mea culpa, which followed the automotive giant’s recall of almost six million cars, has brought the importance of a “speak up culture” front and center. As part of the company’s long road to...more
Automobile recalls have been a hot topic in the news lately. Indeed, millions of vehicles have been recalled due to dangerous automobile defects. Adding to the list of recalled cars and trucks, a recent article in the Wall...more
In the past year, General Motors has recalled more than 2.6 million cars built with defective ignition switches. These defective ignition switches have been linked to the death of a recorded 13 people. This case has received...more
July 1, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recently released internal investigation into the failure to report a problem with ignition switches on...more
44 recalls. 13 deaths. 20 million vehicles. 9 years. 3 Congressional appearances. These five numbers tell a terrible and tragic story you probably recognize as the GM ignition switch recall debacle. This is a situation that...more
We all know the jokes about lawyers. We have heard them over and over, at parties, with friends, and among colleagues. Right now, they seem particularly on point....more
The Valukas Report to the General Motors Board of Directors Regarding Ignition Switch Recalls is a lengthy report that describes in excruciating detail how GM failed to uncover and remedy significant safety issues...more
In This Issue:
- Parents Ask Why?
- Courtroom Power
- Snapshot Survey
- Excerpt from Civil Justice System Compels Safety Innovations - Family’s Search for Answers Uncovers Fatal Flaw in GM...more
Last week, NHTSA and GM announced an agreement to resolve recall timeliness claims related to GM’s massive Ignition Switch recall. In addition to the widely-reported $35 million civil penalty GM has agreed to pay (the maximum...more
Cars with Recalls Often Sold without Repairs or Replacements -
Have you or someone you know purchased a used automobile? Every year, thousands of Americans visit used car dealerships and decide to buy pre-owned...more
With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability.
As a start, auto suppliers need to...more
GM’s well-crafted, post-bankruptcy image as a more efficient, product savvy, financially prudent, customer-focused automaker is suffering severe damage. The cause of the damage is that GM did not recall until this year over a...more
GM is in a fix.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has ordered them to respond to 107 questions concerning defects in GM cars and trucks. Although GM’s CEO promised transparency in the...more
Companies that produce products such as power tools, planes, motor vehicles and guns should be held to a higher standard of public responsibility than maybe, say blender manufacturers. A bad blender might ruin a good party,...more
We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors...more
General Motors Recall Implicates Federal Safety Regulators in Deaths -
According to a recent article in the New York Times earlier this month, General Motors decided to recall 1.6 million of its automobiles for a...more
General Motors has received reports of 13 deaths caused by an ignition-switch failure. GM’s Chief Executive says she is sorry.
Mary Barra, who took over the Detroit-based company in January, told Reuters the company will...more
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