GM released Cobalt after knowing about safety flaw

  • General Motors was probably not surprised to know about the 2005 ignition-switch issues of Cobalt, which resulted in hundreds of deaths. Reports suggest that the company released the vehicles despite being aware of the issue. 

    Exec Gary Altman was asked if GM made a business decision by not fixing the problem and he replied saying yes. "We've sold vehicles for many, many years without power assist and the car was maneuverable and controllable," he said. The problem was confirmed in 2009 but the company brushed the families of victims' aside when any concerns were raised. 

    CEO Mary Barra mentioned that the vehicles were safe to be driven if drivers used just the ring with the key instead of a heavy keychain. 

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