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In 2014, General Motors recalled millions of cars due to ignition switch problems, which may have prevented airbags from deploying in hundreds of auto accidents throughout the U.S. in recent years. Potential catastrophic injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits are being reviewed nationwide for accidents involving recalled Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles.
GM RECALL LAWSUITS: A growing number of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits over the GM recall are being pursued in courts throughout the U.S., as well as class action lawsuits on behalf of all vehicle owners.
OVERVIEW OF GM IGNITION SWITCH RECALL: On February 7, General Motors recalled about 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles due to a problem with the ignition switches.
According to the manufacturer and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles may have ignition switches that shut off when heavy key rings are used or when jarred. This could cause the airbags to fail to deploy in the event of an auto accident.
GM expanded the recall on February 25 to include 1.6 million cars, and admitted that it had known about the problem since 2001, yet failed to act. The automaker again expanded the recall on March 28, with another 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. The worldwide total of recalled vehicles now totals about 2.59 million.
According to the NHTSA, the 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
GM has struggled to answer questions on why it waited so long to warn owners about the dangerous conditions of the vehicles, facing regulatory, congressional and possible criminal probes, as well as mounting lawsuits and injury claims.
GM Recall Wrongful Deaths: Since the recall, GM has launched a victim’s settlement fund, and acknowledged that at least 124 death claims filed through that fund are linked to GM ignition switch problems. The company agreed to pay victims’ families at least $1 million.
FIND OUT IF YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A GM IGNITION RECALL LAWSUIT: As a result of the manufacturer’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.
Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by lawyers reviewing potential GM injury lawsuits throughout the United States.
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