The Case Against Tort Reform: The GM Debacle
On Tuesday in the nation’s capital the CEO of General Motors testified about a dangerous vehicle defect that apparently has resulted in at least 13 deaths. GM has issued a recall on vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that could result in a vehicle suddenly shutting down but the recall comes too late for the 13 persons who died. The recall includes the following vehicles: Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and Saturn Ion and Sky.
An investigation indicates GM knew about the faulty ignition switches in its Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles for more than 10 years and the cost to repair the problem appears to be 57 cents for each vehicle. That is less than the cost of a daily newspaper in many cities across the United States.
Next time you hear about tort reform and think it is a good idea also consider the 13 people who are no longer with us due to the actions and omissions of a major vehicle manufacturer who knew about a lurking problem in its vehicles. The court system exists to afford justice to those who are wronged by the misdeeds of others. Tort reform may sound good to a person until that person is the wronged party.