General Motors Bribes Drivers of Recalled Cars With $25 Gift Cards
General Motors Co. (GM) has been in and out of the news for almost a year now due to the massive ignition switch recall. Despite all the media scrutiny, hundreds of thousands of Chevy Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and other recalled GM cars go unrepaired.
GM announced last week that they will offer $25 gift cards to owners who bring their vehicles to fix the ignition switch issue by December 1st.
How Do I Get My GM Recall Repair Gift Card?
Owners who complete their repairs at dealerships by the December 1 deadline will be given a code that they can use to select a gift card from one of seven retailers including; Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Amazon, AMC, Bass Pro Shops, Red Robin, and Starbucks.
The GM gift card incentive is extremely unusual for the automobile industry, and could cost the company up to $17.5 million. Typically, when recalls are announced, about a quarter of the affected vehicles are left unrepaired.
GM’s CEO Mary Barra, who took over the company just two weeks before the ignition switch fiasco began, has insisted that General Motors is correcting its ways and putting safety first. The company announced the incentive just in time for the holidays, and may get a lot of dangerous GM vehicles off the road. Hopefully the campaign will help to prevent more deadly car accidents from occurring.
A spokeswoman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that the agency is supportive of GM’s incentive program, and commends General Motors for encouraging consumers to repair their vehicles.
When it was first announced last year, the company attributed 54 car crashes and 13 fatalities to the faulty ignition switch issue, but an independent expert has approved compensation for at least 30 deaths that were linked to the defect.
What If I was In a Car Accident That Involved a GM Vehicle?
The ignition switch in affected GM cars has been known to move out of the “run” position and into “accessory” while in motion. This can cause the driver to lose power steering, braking, and, in the event of a collision, the air bags may not deploy.
As St. Louis car accident lawyers, we take this vehicle defect very seriously. We have seen the emotional and financial devastation that a car accident can do to a family. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident involving a GM vehicle, be sure to contact a St. Louis car accident attorney at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers. Even if your case has already been settled, you may be entitled to receive more compensation through GM’s latest compensation plan.
Remember, by contacting a lawyer, you are not necessarily entering a lawsuit. While we are experienced trial attorneys, most of the time, car accident cases will settle outside of court. We can help you to obtain your compensation and keep you informed of your case every step of the way. Our goal is to keep the process following a car wreck as fair and as easy as possible for you. Just another way our St. Louis car accident attorneys at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers put YOU first.
Fix Your Car, Get a Free T-Shirt!
Email email@example.com a picture of yourself with your newly repaired ignition switch, and we’ll send you a FREE Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers T-shirt! It’s time we get those unsafe vehicles off the road! (but don’t even think about taking that picture while your car is in motion!)