General Motors has recalled nearly 6.5 million vehicles due to an ignition switch defect. The auto accident attorneys at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. are accepting cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death lawsuits due to defects in the recalled GM vehicles.
GM Recall Lawsuits
According to the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), millions of GM vehicles may have ignition switches that move to the accessory mode while the vehicle is moving. That could cause vehicles to stall, shutting down power brakes and power steering and preventing airbags from deploying. GM acknowledges that the faulty ignition switch has been linked to at least 56 crashes and 13 deaths.
Million of vehicles recalled
The General Motors ignition switch recall affects the following vehicles:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2007 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille
- 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS
- 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2004-2005 Buick Regal LS and GS
- 2006-2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
On June 13, 2014 GM also recalled all
2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaros for a similar ignition switch problem.
GM Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Following the recall, General Motors has acknowledged that injuries suffered in at least 30 accidents and 13 deaths may have been caused by the ignition switch problem. However, independent analysis of accident reports suggests that the numbers are likely much higher.
Consumer safety group, Center for Auto Safety, commissioned a vehicle safety study to examine accidents in which air bags failed to deploy. In a letter sent to the NHTSA on March 13, the Center for Auto Safety indicating that a review of the agency’s files found 303 deaths in recalled Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles, where the airbag reportedly failed to deploy.
GM Puts Profits before People
Internal GM documents reveal the automaker had the option to select from two different ignition switches, and chose the cheaper version, which resulted in at least 13 deaths. In a scathing
letter, Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety and Joan Claybrook of Public Citizen called the automaker’s decision to go with a cheaper ignition switch a “shocking” revelation that paints a “tragic picture of the cost culture and cover up at General Motors.”
Who can file a GM Recall Lawsuit?
As a result of GM’s failure to warn vehicle owners of the dangerous condition of their cars, financial compensation may be available for those who were injured or lost loved ones in vehicles affected by the General Motors recall.
Many claims are time sensitive, so act now to protect your rights. Call Elk & Elk today for a free GM recall case review at 1-800-ELK-OHIO or
contact us online.