Earlier this year, Toyota agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department in a criminal probe over the company's recall of Toyota and Lexus vehicles that accelerated unexpectedly and were linked to multiple injuries and deaths. However, John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute thinks there was less evidence in that case than in the current one with GM.
"The ignitions would shut off [in the GM cars],” he explains. “GM actually warned against heavy key chains. Well heavy key chains are something an ignition should withstand."
At least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problems arising from GM's faulty ignition switches.