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Pa. Senator to DOJ: GM Needs to Compensate Recall Victims

In a letter to the attorney general, Casey says he “appalled and astonished” by GM’s recent admission that it knew of the fatal defects prior to 2009.

Senator Bob Casey
Senator Bob Casey

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has joined four other lawmakers in calling for General Motors to establish a victims’ compensation fund in the wake of a massive recall stemming from faulty ignition mechanisms.

Senator Casey, along with Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) on Friday penned a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Department of Justice push the auto maker to accept civil liability for the recall, which has been blamed for 13 deaths.

“GM must be held fully accountable for this recall and the lack of information given to the public,” Senator Casey said. “Establishing a victims compensation fund and accepting civil liability for what’s occurred would help deliver justice to these families so they can begin the process of healing from these terrible tragedies.”

In the letter, the lawmakers say they are “appalled and astonished” by GM’s recent admission that it knew of the fatal defects prior to 2009.

“Their deliberate concealment caused continuing death and damage, and it constituted a fraud on the bankruptcy court that approved its reorganization. It also criminally deceived the United States government and the public,” the letter states.

 “Given the crucial role the United States government played in creation of the current General Motors Corporation, we believe the federal government has a moral, if not legal, obligation to take all necessary steps to protect innocent consumers,” the letter states.

Paul E Hofer April 13, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Too bad we didn't follow Romney's advice and let the company file for bankruptcy, instead of having the Gov't take them over. And for those that will jump on that and say Obama saved all those jobs by bailing them out - GM filed for bankruptcy in 2014. Now, guess who's going to be paying all those claims? U.S. taxpayers Awesome!
Mikey Youknowho April 13, 2014 at 09:05 AM
GM is once again a publicly traded company ... the company will be responsible for those claims ... not the taxpayers. Romney lost, get over it.
. April 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM
GM stills owes money to US, the taxpayers. Government Motors can do what ever it likes--whose going to stop them? The great exalted leader will crush any opponents. Yet another "oops" moment that cost us our financial future! Thanks Obama
GM Recall Survivors April 13, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Let's hold GM accountable for their actions. Please, please sign this petition. If you or I injured or killed another human being, we would be held accountable and rightly so. So should GM be held to a different standard. Frankly my friends, GM knew about this in 2001. No one had to die. They looked at it again a few months before our Amber died in 2005. Again they did nothing. And again in 2006 and 2007. Never have I seen a corporation act with such malice. Please help us and sign. http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-house-of-representatives-and-u-s-senate-and-president-of-the-united-states-prosecute-to-the-fullest-extent-the-employees-from-gm-involved-in-the-cover-up-and-gross-neglegence-concerning-the-2005-2007-chevy-cobalt-and-pontiac-g5?share_id=RhYwkTYyzT&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_false
GM Recall Survivors April 13, 2014 at 01:58 PM
My name is Laura Christian. I am the birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, the first known fatality regarding the Chevy Cobalt defect. For those that are also concerned please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gmrecall.survivors

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