WASHINGTON” In a letter on Thursday to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a U.S. senator urged the company to issue a stronger warning to owners of some 1.6 million recalled vehicles including a recommendation they do not drive them.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked Barra to issue the stronger warning immediately, before a hearing set before a Senate subcommittee next Wednesday. She is scheduled to answer questions before a House subcommittee on Tuesday.
"I request your immediate attention and action concerning severe harms” and reprehensible ongoing risks” resulting from serious defects in many GM cars," he wrote Barra. "I have reviewed the language of several of the recall notices, and I find that it fails to reflect the immediate, clear safety threat caused by the defects."
Additionally on Thursday, an emergency hearing was set for April 4 on a request in a Texas lawsuit demanding that GM vehicles be parked immediately.
Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard represents 15 families of 15 fatal crash victims in a lawsuit against GM. The suit alleges that the recalled vehicles on the road are a public safety issue and will lead to more injuries or deaths. He wants a federal court to order them off the road.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear the emergency motion on April 4 in Corpus Christi, Texas. In setting the hearing date, GM argued the emergency motion was not necessary or appropriate, said Hilliard of Hilliard Munoz Gonzales.
Last week Mary Barra told reporters the recalled cars are safe to drive if the key chains are shed of everything but the key.