Media reports say that GM's own statements point to deaths - possibly as many as 13 - apparently associated with these defects in the ignition switch.
Some surviving family members of people who have died in crashes involving some of the recalled models have already filed legal cases against GM for damages and losses. The number of those lawsuits has been growing in recent weeks.
Your Questions, Our Answers:
Why was there a recall of 2.6 Million GM cars, which included all years of the following models?
- Chevrolet Cobalt
- Saturn Ion
- Pontiac G5
- Chevrolet HHR
- Pontiac Solstice
- Saturn Sky
After what was reportedly years of knowledge about problems with ignition switches that could move from "run" to "accessory mode" and force a car to stall, deactivate airbags and sometimes lose its ability to be controlled, GM decided to issue a recall for 2.6 million vehicles. In a recall, the car manufacturer pays for the cost of replacing or repairing a potentially defective part when a car owner brings the vehicle to a dealer's service center.
One study of federal safety records commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety and reported on in the New York Times showed more than 300 people have died in accidents involving airbag failures in the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Saturn Ion that may be tied to the ignition switch defect.
What if someone in your family died or was injured in a crash you think may involve these defective ignition switches? What can you do now?
The best advice is to contact an experienced product liability attorney right away. Among many other things, an experienced lawyer can try to help determine if there are records on you or your loved one's accident that you did not know existed - those records could point to the cause.
If you or your loved one were wronged, you have a right to seek justice.
Automakers are required to keep certain records of serious crashes, complaints, calls and lawsuits. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintains extensive records on serious accidents, as well, and is responsible for determining when the public may be at undue risk because of a dangerous or deadly pattern of accidents in a given car model or models.
This is also another reminder why you should consult an attorney after any accident, especially a serious one, in part so you may have a better chance of a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.
The more you know at the time of a terrible car accident, the better your chances of a full and fair recovery of your losses.
News stories seem to indicate GM knew years ago of these problems. Why didn't the company do more to let the public know? How could this affect you?
This a hard question to answer, and it may never be answered. However, in any series of consumer safety events like these, news reporting and new outside investigations can potentially demonstrate acts on the part of a manufacturer to downplay safety issues. If true, that kind of information could be vital in a legal case.
The GM defective ignition switch stories are rushing to the forefront. It is time now to seek legal guidance about how best to handle a possible lawsuit against GM and possibly some of its suppliers.
Timing is always important. More delay could hurt a potential case.
Are lawsuits being filed against GM already?
Yes. In fact, GM has reportedly already settled a number of cases involving deaths in accidents involving some of the car models under recall.
If you feel you may have a wrongful death or serious injury claim against GM involving accidents in the recalled Cobalt, Ion, HHR, Solstice, Sky, & G5 vehicles, the time to look into a potential case is right now.
Seek out experienced legal help so that, if the facts support a claim, you can try to make your case the strongest it can be. If a tragic accident didn't have to happen, and a defect caused it, the truth must come out.
If you or a loved one has had one of these recalled vehicles and been seriously injured or killed in a crash, contact us today. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we will evaluate your case for free and with no obligation. Just call us at 1-866-900-7078 today.