- - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Perhaps GM really stands for “Gigantic Mistake” (“GM recall: Many victims were young drivers,” Web, March 31). In the past month, General Motors has recalled about 4.8 million vehicles for a wide range of serious problems.

These include problems with ignition switches, which have caused vehicles to suddenly shut down and air bags and power steering to become disabled, resulting in at least 13 deaths; transmission-fluid leaks; axle-shaft fractures; and air bag, seat belt and brake problems, which might cause fires.

General Motors has not only made shoddy vehicles, but even more deplorably, it knew about some of these dangers, such as the problem with the faulty ignition switch. Nevertheless, the company failed to correct the problem because a recall would have been too expensive.

It is obvious that GM cares far more about profits than consumer safety.

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN

Huntington Beach, Calif.