I Wish I Could Turn Back the Clock

Bethany Jenkins | October 9, 2015


In 2004, Candice Anderson was driving her Saturn when it crashed into a tree. Her airbags didn’t deploy, and she was thrown through the windshield and barely survived. Her fiancé, who was in the passenger seat, died.

In a deal with prosecutors, Anderson pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide, served probation for five years, and paid $10,000 in fines and restitution. Ten years later General Motors (GM) sent a letter to her judge saying that GM, not Anderson, was to blame for the accident. Her car’s ignition switch was defective, causing the power brakes and airbags to disable.

Based on this new evidence, Anderson was cleared of all charges and filled with relief. “My heart is going to be a lot lighter to be able to tell [my daughters], ‘This is what happened, this horrible thing. And it wasn’t Mommy’s fault.’”

What’s Hidden Will Be Revealed

Evidence of the faulty ignition switch may have been “new” to the judge, but it wasn’t new to GM. Company engineers now admit they were aware of a problem even in the test phase. Plus, in 2007, five months before Anderson pled guilty, GM reviewed her case and ruled that it was their fault.

Yet they said…


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