Deconstructing What GM Meant To Americans, and Why The GM Recall Shows: It Was Not a Two-Way Street

April 2, 2014  |  Class Actions

When we think about GM we think about good ol’ American values. After all, for many Americans, GM was the family car. The first-choice brand of vehicle that parents would trust their own kids in, just as their parents had for them. It was an American car, and it meant a great deal to our country.

That’s why there are so many Americans who say they would never consider buying another brand of car. And that’s why, during the financial crisis of 2008, Americans to help bailout GM when it fell under bankruptcy.

Well, wait: We didn’t choose necessarily, not us individuals. But our government definitely did. And while the word “bailout” definitely keeps us up at night, we went along with it. We paid our taxes. We nodded our heads in agreement when newscasters discussed the bailout, saying that a financial ruin of GM could mean a financial ruin for all Americans.

See that — right there, they did it again. Somehow, GM became a synonym for American individuals. We connected them in the same way. American families counted on GM, their go-to American car. And GM relied on American taxpayers to help bail them out with their hard-earned tax money, because, after all, a financial ruin of GM would be seriously bad for all Americans, we thought.

We thought it was a two-way street. I’ll look after you if you look after me.

And perhaps that is why news of the GM recall and the tragic deaths relating to their negligence hits us in the gut. Because we really did think that GM was looking out for it’s American individuals, after all a GM car was the family car of choice.

Ultimately, the GM bailout cost taxpayers $10.5 billion.

And now the GM recall and initial GM lawsuits have helped to show that GM has cost us even more: at least 300 car wrecks, at least 12 deaths and millions of GM cars recalled worldwide since the start of this year.

So it was not a two-way street after all. Instead, while we gave them our tax money, they took lives.

For at least ten years, they sat on the need-to-know information they had regarding their faulty ignitions, not informing their customers, not updating authorities and not performing recalls because it would have been too expensive, they feared.

Well, money is one thing. But the lives of those American individuals whose lives they put in the hands of their GM cars day in and day out? They deserved better. And so did those individuals who found themselves facing expensive hospital bills and time out of work after being involved in GM ignition-related car wrecks wherein, for years, they may have had no idea what went wrong at all.

As news breaks regarding GM’s actions, or lack of action, it is important to keep this in mind: What are we going to do about it now?

If you or someone you know was in a car wreck and suffered a serious injury while driving a GM car, we would like to talk to you. Please contact us immediately at 818-839-2320 or via email here to learn more.

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