GM Ignition Recall Injury Lawsuit Information
General Motors or GM ignition recall lawsuits are being filed by persons who were harmed in vehicles that were subject to the GM ignition recall. GM has recalled over 6 million vehicles in the United States in 2014 as a result of unsafe driving conditions caused by a defect in the ignition switch. The defect causes air bags, brakes and steering to fail, resulting in serious injuries and deaths by no fault of the driver. The recalls were issued a decade after GM first learned of the defect, during which times many serious injuries and accidents have occurred. Persons and the family members of persons who were harmed in a car accident related to the GM ignition recall may receive compensation for their economic losses by filing a GM injury lawsuit.
GM vehicles have been recalled due to problems with the ignition switch and ignition key that create dangerous driving conditions. Due to the defect, the cars can suddenly and unexpectedly lose engine power, disabling the air bags, brakes, and steering. While GM acknowledges only 13 deaths as a result of the ignition switch defect, the Center for Auto Safety blames the problem for over 300 deaths.
Evidence Shows GM Executives Knew of Ignition Defect a Decade before Recall
General Motors took more than a decade to issue the recall for the deadly ignition switch defect that affects 6 million of its vehicles. Evidence from one of the first GM ignition injury lawsuits, including company documents and depositions, reveals company engineers and executives were aware of the ignition switch defect as early as 2004, but failed to issue a recall to fix the problem until 2014. As a result of the ignition switch defect and subsequent cover-up, GM has been the subject of federal criminal and civil investigations by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Justice Department, and the Transportation Department; a GM internal probe that was released to the public on June 6, 2014; U.S. federal government fines; and congressional hearings. GM also faces wrongful death lawsuits for deaths traced to the ignition switch defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is also under investigation for its failure to open an investigation when evidence first suggested a widespread defect with GM ignition switches.
Innocent Drivers Sustain Severe Injury from GM Ignition Defect Prior to GM Recall
By no fault of their own, drivers of GM vehicles have sustained serious injuries, trauma, and death as a result of the GM ignition switch defect. GM ignition injury lawsuits provide compensation for persons or the family members of persons who were harmed when a GM vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy in an accident. GM injury lawsuits allege that the GM concealed the deadly ignition switch defect for over ten years, during which time innocent drivers and passengers were injured and killed.
Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn Vehicles Subject to General Motors Ignition Recall
Among the 6 million vehicles that have been recalled by General Motors are Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models. The Chevy Cobalt, Chevy HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Solstice have all been included in the GM ignition recall.
General Motors Ignition Switch Recall Timeline
2002: GM ignition switch design was approved despite concerns over its safety. The part was installed in the Saturn Ion, Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky.
2004: GM is notified of engines shutting down in 2005 Chevrolet Cobalts due to ignition switch defects.
December 2005: GM issues a “technical service bulletin” to GM dealers warning of the problem and recommending the use of a snap-on key cover to resolve consumer complaints. The faulty ignition switch was not recalled.
May 2005: GM engineer proposes a redesign of the ignition switches, but the proposal is rejected.
July 29, 2005: 16-year-old Amber Marie Rose died when her Chevy Cobalt lost power and the airbags failed to deploy.
April 2006: GM approves a redesign of the faulty ignition switches, which is a considered an improvement rather than a fix to the problem. The part number is not changed, making the redesigned parts difficult to track. The new part is installed in 2007 GM vehicles.
November 2007: After reviewing crash reports for Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions related to faulty ignition switches, the NHTSA opts not to open a further investigation.
April 2013: A GM ignition switch lawsuit for wrongful death reveals the fact that engineers and GM executives knew of the safety flaw as early as 2004 and that the part’s design was improved in 2006.
February 2014: First GM ignition switch recall issued to repair the defect in 1.6 million cars; subsequent GM ignition switch recalls bring the total to over 6 million affects GM cars.
April 2014: GM CEO testifies before a Congressional Committee.
May 16, 2014: Federal government fines GM a record $35 million as a penalty for its long delay in notifying consumers of the ignition switch defect.
June 6, 2014: GM releases a 315-page report from the internal investigation the company conducted on the ignition switch defect cover-up. GM also announces the establishment of a compensation fund for victims of the ignition switch defect.
GM Ignition Injury Lawsuits Provide Compensation for Persons Who Suffered Serious Injuries Resulting from the GM Ignition Defect
For persons who were harmed in an accident in a GM vehicle that was subject to the GM ignition switch recall, The Onder Law Firm GM ignition injury lawyers are offering free, no-obligation GM injury lawsuit case reviews. Our attorneys are currently investigating GM ignition recall injury claims and represent clients in GM injury lawsuits on a contingency basis, meaning we won’t charge you anything if we aren't able to collect for you. GM recall lawsuits may be filed by individuals or their families who suffered severe injury in an accident related to the GM switch recall.
GM Recall Lawsuit Time Limits
Persons and the family members of persons who sustained serious injuries when their GM vehicle lost power or airbags failed may currently file a GM injury lawsuit. Each state has different time limits for filing a GM recall lawsuit. Our attorneys representing clients in GM ignition injury lawsuits can provide exact details about GM lawsuit time limits that may apply to you. Complete the online contact form to receive a free GM ignition recall lawsuit case review with an experienced attorney. Anyone considering filing a GM ignition injury recall claim should do so as quickly as possible to avoid potential time limits.
Attorneys Handling GM Recall Lawsuits Nationally
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