Demand General Motors Pay for Ignition Switch Deaths


Target: Mary T. Barra, CEO of General Motors

Goal: Make General Motors pay victims’ families for injuries and deaths its cars caused

At least 13 people died because General Motors failed to recall a faulty ignition switch in its cars. Faulty ignition switches were installed in GM cars for more than 11 years, without any GM personnel addressing or correcting the problem. Even though GM admitted knowing about the problem since at least 2004, it did not recall the 2.6 million effected cars until early 2014. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra recently announced that 15 GM employees were dismissed due to incompetence and misconduct. “It represents a fundamental failure to meet the basic needs of these customers,” she said about the findings. “We simply didn’t do our jobs. We failed these customers.”

The ignition switches caused cars to shut off while driving on the road, disable airbags, and shut down power steering and anti-lock brakes. Barra publicly stated that GM would create a fund to compensate those who were injured or killed by defective GM cars, but no plan is yet in place. GM must decide how large the fund will be, how to determine who is eligible, and to what extent.

Sign the below petition to urge General Motors to pay out on wrongful death lawsuits filed against them by victims’ families. The $35 million fine to safety regulators is not enough to bring justice to this devastating situation. Nothing can truly compensate for the victims’ loss of life, but GM must provide these families with some form of closure.


Dear Ms. Barra,

Thank you for speaking publicly and beginning to take action to address General Motor’s negligence in at least 13 auto-related deaths. Faulty ignition switches led to the deaths of at least 13 victims, an issue that should have been addressed and fixed a decade ago. I understand that implementing recalls and repairing recalled cars takes a considerable amount of time and money, but as a well-established auto-maker, you have a responsibility to the public to make your cars safe to drive.

I am urging you to work with the victims’ families to compensate them for their losses. These families have suffered enough, so please do not delay establishing a compensation fund, determining eligibility, and distributing funds accordingly. Provide fair settlements to the victims’ families in the wrongful death lawsuits that have been filed against General Motors for these untimely deaths. Thank you for your compassion and for implementing more stringent safety procedures at General Motors going forward.


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