NHTSA Lapses Won't Protect GM In Criminal Probe

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's failure to force General Motors Co. to recall cars with faulty ignition switches won't shield the automaker from potential criminal charges, attorneys say, especially if regulators are able to show, as they have suggested, that GM executives withheld crucial details about the defect.

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into whether GM waited too long to recall 1.6 million vehicles, while lawmakers are probing NHTSA’s own failures to act on numerous complaints since 2004 about ignition switch...
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