The Most Costly Problem for GM’s Recall: Young Victims

From left: Kim Langley, mother of Richard Scott Bailey, a U.S. Marine who died driving a 2007 Chevy Cobalt; Laura Christian, birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, the first reported victim of the GM safety defect; Randal Rademaker, father of Amy Rademaker, who died when her Cobalt crashed and her air bags failed to deploy; and Shannon Wooten, whose son son Joshua died in a 2009 crash while driving a 2006 Cobalt Photograph by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

General Motors slowly started putting its recall crisis behind it a few days ago, arriving at an undisclosed payout with the families of two victims, Amy Rademaker and Natasha Weigel. The girls were both passengers in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt that abruptly shut off, lost power steering, and failed to deploy airbags when it slammed into a telephone pole. The driver, Megan Ungar-Kerns, survived with severe brain damage.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.