FAULTY IGNITION SWITCH COMPLICATION
The defective GM switch could cause the ignition to slip out of the running position (to accessory), shutting off power to the motor and potentially lose control of the vehicle. This power loss also affects the vehicle’s power steering and braking systems, and even worst, disabling the air bags so they won’t deploy in a highway accident, leaving the driver and passengers more exposed to harm and injuries, or death.
A review of federal crash data commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) in 2014 identified 303 deaths in GM cars with undeployed airbags. CAS questioned why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hadn’t investigated the cause in a letter clearly showing an increase of front seat occupants being killed from available data from 2003 to 2012 of airbags not deployed in the Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt, just two of 21 affected models.
“For the people who died or were seriously injured in crashes, the answer comes too late,” said CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow in the March 13, 2014 letter to the NHTSA.
On March 17, 2014, GM’s Chairperson and CEO Mary T. Barra publicly admitted the company knew since 2004 about the ignition defect, but failed to fix the problem fast enough, which sound like an understatement considering the ten years that it took to act.
By then, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, joined a coalition of public-interest organizations that called on Congress to investigate GM and NHTSA’s actions in this tragedy. From GM’s communications with the NHTSA and Congressional investigations, it was confirmed the company knew of the defect and didn’t start a recall until February 10, 2014, first for 619,122 vehicles, but since has increased to 2.6 million cars.
MODELS AFFECTED BY THE RECALL
When a manufacturer learns a vehicle has a safety defect, according to the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act (Tread Act), the company must notify owners, purchasers and dealers within a reasonable amount of time. GM should be held accountable for perverse ten-year wait for action.
It is estimated that the recall affects 15 million GM vehicles worldwide. The vehicle models and years with ignition defects include the following:
- Buick Allure 2005-2009, LaCrosse 2005-2009, Lucerne all years, Regal GS 2004-2005 and Regal LS 2004-2005
- Cadillac CTS 2003-2014, Deville 2000-2005, DTS 2004-2011, SRX 2004-2006
- Chevrolet Camaro 2010-2014, Caprice 2011-2013, Cobalt all years, HHR all years, Impala 2000-2014, Malibu 1997-2005 and Monte Carlo 2000-2007
- Daewoo G2X 2007-2009
- Oldsmobile Intrique 1998-2002 and Alero 1999-2004
- Opel GT 2007-2010
- Pontiac G5 all years, Pontiac G8 2008-2009, Grand Am 1999-2005, Grand Prix 2004-2008, Pursuit all years and Solstice all years
- Saturn Ion all years, Sky all years, Vue 2002-2004
- Vauxhall GT 2007-2010
COULD I HAVE A CASE AGAINST GM?
General Motors Co. if facing millions of claims regarding the faulty ignition switches and other defects, including financial loss, personal injury and wrongful death claims from thousands of plaintiffs. When a settlement was about to be reached in August 2017, GM opposed it just a day before a court hearing, so the case is still pending.
Greg Jones Law is taking cases nationwide for people claiming injuries from faulty GM ignition switch. Our lawyers have taken to court many major manufacturers for failing to warn of the dangers of their products. We are working with attorneys across the country helping victims get compensated.
To find out if you have a case against GM, call 855-566-3752 or contact us online today. We do not charge for initial consultations. If there is no recovery, you owe no legal fees. We are here to help you!