Source: Boston Herald | April 29, 2014 By Marie Szaniszio
The lawyer who unsuccessfully pushed a judge to make General Motors do more to get its 2.6 million recalled vehicles off the road is welcoming a move by U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey to have the federal Department of Transportation advise owners to park them until they are repaired.
"That's absolutely the only safe position," said attorney Robert C. Hilliard, who represents the families of 50 people killed and about 130 people seriously injured in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches. "It's literally just a roll of the dice every time you get behind the wheel of one of these cars."
Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called on the DOT to take action after Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos denied Hilliard's motion on April 17 to issue an injunction requiring GM to immediately issue a "park-it-now safety alert" to owners of recalled Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars, warning that â€œdeath or serious injury can resultâ€ from driving one.
"Every day that unrepaired vehicles remain on the road increases the risk of more injuries, deaths and damage," the senators wrote in a letter to the DOT. "We believe you...have a unique opportunity to protect public safety by taking stronger action to issue warnings of these dangers."
GM spokesman Jim Cain yesterday declined to comment on the senators' letter.