The US Justice Department is now investigating why it took GM’s so long to recall 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches tied to 23 crashes resulting in 13 fatalities. In addition, House and Senate committees, as well as the NHTSA are conducting their own probes into whether the auto giant violated criminal and/or civil laws by failing to inform regulators about the problem in a “timely” manner.
The NHTSA has given General Motors until April 3rd to answer 27 pages of questions regarding the recall and how it intends to rectify the problems. In the meantime, Congress is looking into why the NHTSA, itself. did not act on this problem years ago.
Although the initial problem was known as far back as 2004, General Motors waited until February 13, 2013 to recall more than 778,500 ChevyCobalts and Pontiac G5’s. The recall was expanded to include an additional 800,000 vehicles at the end of the month. These included 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, and 2006-2007 Saturn Skys, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits (sold inCanada), 2006-2007 Chevy HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices, and 2007 Opel GTs (sold in Europe).