Court Denies Effort To Force Recalled Cars To Be Parked

There has been a new development concerning the GM cars that have been recalled due to faulty ignition switches. (previous posts concerning the recall of GM cars with faulty ignition switches can be seen in the March 23 post titled “GM’s Liability In Accidents Involving The Faulty Ignition Switch” as well as the February 28 post titled “Ignition Switch Recall Involving 1.6 Million Cars.”)

As seen in the April 18 Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, titled “GM Defeats Consumer Court Bid to Force Recall Cars to Be Parked” :

General Motors Co. (GM:US) doesn’t have to tell car owners they should park the 2.59 million vehicles it recalled over faulty ignition switches, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a bid for what would’ve been an unprecedented order.


The request for a so-called park-it order was made by the owners of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt who sued GM for the lost value of their car. They said the order was the only “fail-safe solution” until defects in the Cobalt and other small-car models linked to 13 deaths are fixed. The judge said she denied the plaintiffs’ request in part because they didn’t need the order to advance their lawsuit against GM.

As seen in the Boston Globe article of April 18, 2014, titled “Move to ban recalled GM cars from road denied” :

The plaintiffs asked Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of US District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, to force GM to instruct owners not to drive the cars until they were repaired. But the judge denied the motion, saying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency that regulates the nation’s roadways, had primary jurisdiction over the issue.

“The court is of the opinion that NHTSA is far better equipped than this court to address the broad and complex issues of automotive safety and the regulation of automotive companies in connection with a nationwide recall,” Ramos wrote.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this facet of the recall can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Boston Globe articles mentioned above.

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