Already $900 million in the hole, General Motors inked a $120 million deal Thursday with 49 states and the District of Columbia to settle claims over faulty ignition switches that were installed in several cars, allegedly as a cost-saving measure. The settlement concludes the state investigations.
In a statement, GM acknowledged the settlement and its goal of safety. GM began recalls in February 2014. The recalls involved a defective ignition switch that, under certain circumstance, could move out of the "run" position into the "accessory" or "off" position, causing electrical systems, including power steering and power brakes, to become inoperable. The issues could also result in the safety airbags failing to deploy, increasing the risk of serious injury or death.
State attorneys general alleged GM failed to disclose the safety defect in a timely manner and misled consumers when marketing vehicles.
Since taking office, Beshear has secured penalties from GM, Volkswagen and Hyundai-Kia, which has yielded more than $4.7 million for the General Fund, the office said.
Caldwell said the settlement assures "GM will continue ongoing improvements it's made to ensure the safety of its vehicles".
DE will get $1.12 million for its consumer protection fund, according to Attorney General Matt Denn's office. "Automakers should recognize that if they fail in this regard, states will be ready to take action". GM also must instruct dealers that all applicable recall repairs must be completed before any GM vehicle is sold or returned to a customer.
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