Idaho will receive just over $1.2 million as its share of a multistate, $120 million settlement with General Motors over allegations it concealed ignition safety problems in its vehicles, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today. “General Motors and other automakers should keep their customers’ safety at the forefront of everything they do,” Wasden said in a statement. “And when there is a problem, car companies must be transparent and act quickly. Automakers should recognize that if they fail in this regard, states will be ready to take action.”
GM issued seven recalls related to the issue in 2014, but state investigators charged the company knew as early as 2004 that the defective ignition switch posed a safety threat. Under terms of the settlement, which included 49 states and the District of Columbia, GM agreed that all recall repairs must be completed before its certified pre-owned vehicles can be advertised as safe.