What is the Recall About?
In February of 2014 General Motors (GM) issued a recall of 8.4 million Saturns, Chevrolets, and Pontiacs due to a defect with the ignition switch that caused sudden car accidents. Heavy keys can cause the switches to turn off the vehicles, disabling the airbags and power steering, causing drivers to unexpectedly lose control. This defect from GM has led to serious injuries and death.
GM knew about this problem for years prior to the recall perhaps as early as 2003 and certainly by 2005 and 2006 when engineers redesigned the key system due to safety concerns but the idea was rejected because GM did not want to spend money on it. By June 2013 at least 67 deaths were caused by defective GM ignition switches, 113 people verified to be injured and another 1500 injury claims are under review.
GM could have prevented these accidents by more quickly changing the cars engineering and quality after safety concerns arose within the company and issuing a recall sooner to those vehicles already made. In fact, GM’s own investigation found “a pattern of incompetence and neglect” throughout the company.
GM announced that it would be recalling the following vehicles for ignition switch problems:
To see the full listing of 2014 recalls from GM: http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/May/0528-ytd-recalls.html
To look up your VIN: https://my.gm.com/na-gm/recalls
Who Does this Affect?
Drivers, passengers, families, and other drivers involved in accidents with a defective GM vehicle may have a claim against General Motors for their injuries. Were you injured or negatively affected by a recalled GM vehicle? Contact Hershewe Law Firm for help seeking compensation for past or future medical bills, pain and suffering and other related damages.
Call the Hershewe Law Firm at 877-782-3790 or contact us for a free consultation to find out how we can help you seek compensation for past or future medical bills, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
**UPDATE: GM filed bankruptcy in 2009. A claim has been filed alleging that the company may have been trying to dodge their obligations to injured drivers when they filed with the knowledge of the defect. The bankruptcy is still in proceedings as of 3/27/15. The judge is expected to make a decision in the coming months on whether plaintiffs may go after the company for economic-loss suits, in which they seek damages for the reduced value of their vehicles and how this affects the trust.***
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