GM Defective Ignition Switches
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident due to a defective ignition switch that shut off the engine and affected the brakes, power steering, or airbags that has resulted in a catastrophic injury? Have you lost a loved one due to a fatal car accident involving a faulty ignition switch? Our personal injury firm is accepting car accident cases nationwide resulting from defective switches. Contact our firm now for your free consultation and our personal injury attorneys will do their best to help you during this difficult time.
General Motors first announced they were recalling Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5 vehicles on February of 2014. The initial recall was for about 800,000 vehicles but in the coming months the recall went up to 2.6 million vehicles and involved other models as well. The problem with the switch is that if the ignition key is ‘shaken’ in a certain way, then it can turn off the engine and as a result, the brakes, power steering, and airbags fail to function.
Sadly, 21 people reportedly have died so far due to General Motors’ defective ignition switch and that number is expected to rise. To top it off, those deaths and accidents could’ve potentially been avoided if GM issued the recall 10 years earlier, when they became aware of the problem.
According to NPR, General Motors detected the defect in the pre-production testing of the Saturn Ion in 2001; however, the problem was quickly fixed and did not show up again until 2004, when the Cobalt replaced the Cavalier. In 2005, the company issued a bulletin announcing the problem but did not recall any of the vehicles. The bulletin stated that heavy key chains can cause the defect and all items other than the key should be removed from the key ring.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety administration (NHTSA), the following vehicles have the faulty ignition switches:
- All 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
Although GM has a compensation fund to compensate those who were injured or lost a loved one, our top recommendation is to contact a personal injury lawyer such as one of the attorneys from our firm to see if GM is giving you a fair offer. Our personal injury lawyers have handled cases involving vehicle defects and will provide you with the personal attention you deserve after such a traumatic event.
If you decide to send an application to the compensation fund, it is up to attorney hired by GM (Ken Feinberg) to decide if you are eligible. He also decides how much money you get. Feinberg already stated that if for example, you were involved in a crash but the air bags inflated, then you are not eligible. If you accept compensation from the GM fund, then you agree not to sue GM.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident due to a faulty ignition switch, call our office now at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. Don’t put off getting justice for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. Call now!