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GM Faulty Ignition Lawsuit

It is almost incomprehensible: According to news reports from various sources, including the Washington Post, at least 1.6 million of General Motors Co.’s cars have a faulty ignition problem that the company has been aware of for at least the last 10 years and yet nothing was done until February of 2014, after at least 12 deaths and hundreds more car crashes. For at least 10 years, GM knowingly appears to have neglected to inform drivers of the danger. For at least 10 years, those apparently dangerous cars were on the road — and still could be today, until every single individual car owner takes his or her car into GM to have the ignition replaced.

The GM faulty ignition recall has also helped to shed light on what may have really happened in a number of car crashes -and injuries that may have resulted from those crashes. Though, at the time, car owners may not have connected the dots, it is possible that crashes that involved the recalled vehicles may be tied to the faulty ignition issue. Even if the crash may have occurred years ago (or if you no longer own the car), there may still be an opportunity to pursue justice and find what really happened.

Because of the General Motors Co. recall, GM has openly spoken about the apparently faulty ignition problem and claims that they are trying to do everything they can to see that the necessary repairs are completed quickly.

On March 24, Baron and Budd, along with co-counsel, filed a lawsuit against GM on behalf of plaintiffs across the nation who have been impacted by problems stemming from the faulty ignition recall. Read more here.

If you have suffered a serious injury while driving a GM affected by the recall, it may be linked to faulty ignition issues. Even if you were not able to connect the dots at the time, we’d still like to talk to you. Please contact our GM recall lawyers as quickly as possible at 818.839.2320 or complete our contact form.

At this time federal regulators and other government officials are examining the faulty ignition problem, the GM recall and — most importantly — why GM took so long to conduct its faulty ignition recall. In addition, our lawyers are preparing for the GM recall lawsuit and are available for free and confidential consults if you or someone you know has had a problem with your GM vehicle stalling, suddenly turning off, or worse.

Why Was There a GM Recall?

GM has admitted, as reported in the New York Times, that some GM cars are prone to shutting off, stalling or suddenly losing power. Then, should an accident occur, critical safety features like air bags may not work.

This is because the ignition may switch out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power that may turn off the engine under certain conditions. GM says that this risk increases if the driver’s key ring is weighed down by additional keys or by the key fob, or when the vehicle experiences jarring from rough road conditions or other impact-related events.

Risk of injury or fatality is increased if the vehicle is involved in a crash as the air bags may not deploy when the ignition switch is not on the “run” mode.

Cars involved in the GM faulty ignition recall include:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Pontiac G5
  • Saturn Ion
  • Chevrolet HHR
  • Pontiac Solstice
  • Saturn Sky

Currently, the ignition problem has been linked to at least 12 deaths, according to statistics released by GM. The New York Times reports that at least 300 car wrecks may be linked to the GM recall.

When Did GM Issue The Recall?

While GM has known of the ignition problem since as early as 2001, they allegedly chose not to recall the vehicles or properly inform drivers until February 13, 2014, when GM said it would recall 778,000 cars. Less than two weeks after the initial recall, GM added more car models to the recall, doubling the number of cars involved to a total of 1.6 million cars still on the road worldwide. The 1.6 million GM cars involved in the recall are in addition to subsequent GM recalls issued in March of 2014 that are not related to the GM ignition recall.

Why Was The Recall Not Issued Sooner?

In an internal video sent to employees, General Motors Co.’s Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said, “Something went very wrong in our processes in this instance, and terrible things happened.”

According to a chronology recently submitted by GM to federal regulators, GM said that they first knew of flaws in their ignition switches in 2001, during testing of the Saturn Ion.

While speaking with the Wall Street Journal, GM also admitted that some employees were made aware of problems with the ignition switch in their smaller cars as early as 2004.

As the New York Times explains it, this is a “decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago.” Not to mention a potentially dangerous and deadly failure.

What Is Happening With the GM Recall Now?

Both Congress and safety regulators have begun investigations while the US Attorney General in New York has begun a criminal investigation. In addition, federal safety officials have ordered GM to provide specific information regarding why it took so long to recall the cars in the U.S. The order involves 107 questions that NHTSA expects to be answered under oath by April 3, 2014. The first question: Why did the automaker not fix the switches when it first noticed the problem?

Barra has said that no GM employee has yet to be fired or even disciplined for the delays in the recall.

Please be aware: Until the GM recall repairs have been conducted on your car, it is important that you remove every item, from your key ring, leaving only the vehicle key. GM Recall Information

The critical repairs are estimated to take just 30 minutes per car — in addition to the wait times involved with the scheduling of so many cars. It may cost the company some extra time and money to quickly repair their faulty cars. Just 30 minutes per car!

What Are the Requirements to Participate In a GM Recall Lawsuit?

If you have suffered a serious injury while driving one of the following cars, we’d like to talk to you. Also, if you have owned or leased one of the following cars and have experienced issues with the car stalling and /or suddenly turning off, you may be able to file a GM recall lawsuit by contacting our GM recall lawyers immediately at 818.839.2320 or emailing us here. The cars include:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Pontiac G5
  • Saturn Ion
  • Chevrolet HHR
  • Pontiac Solstice
  • Saturn Sky

Please contact us immediately as this is a very time-sensitive issue.

The GM recall lawyers at Baron and Budd are seeking automobile owners who experienced issues with a GM car, including car crashes than may have resulted in serious injuries. If you or someone you know experienced these issues, please do not hesitate to contact our GM recall lawyers at 818.839.2320 or email us here as you may potentially have a critical case to the GM recall lawsuit.
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