GM Expands Faulty Ignition Recall By More Than 900,000 Vehicles, Now Targeted By Government Inquiry and Criminal Investigation
LOS ANGELES –(March 31, 2014) –On March 28, 2014, GM expanded its already massive recall to include an additional 900,000 GM vehicles. According to reports from The New York Times, at least 12 deaths have been linked to faulty ignition switches in GM vehicles, as well as numerous crashes. The attorneys at Baron and Budd are currently investigating additional accidents, injuries and even deaths that may be related to the GM faulty ignition recall. On March 24, 2014, Baron and Budd, along with co-counsel, was one of the first law firms to file a lawsuit against GM over the faulty ignition issue. This lawsuit was the first case filed against GM that would represent all of the owners and lessees of the GM vehicles included in the faulty ignition recall. The lawsuit alleges significant negligence on the part of GM which, according to reports from The New York Times, has known about the faulty ignition issue as early as 2001, but decided not to take wide sweeping action until just earlier this year.
“It is outrageous to think that the deaths and injuries caused by the faulty ignition switches could have been avoided,” said Roland Tellis, shareholder at Baron and Budd and co-counsel in the lawsuit. “While we understand that this could be a difficult time for the families affected by these issues, we encourage them to come forward and tell their stories. We know that a lawsuit cannot change what happened, but it can help them get justice.”
On February 10, 2014, GM issued a recall for more than 1.6 million vehicles due to faulty ignition issues. According to GM, certain vehicles ignitions may be prone to suddenly switching from the “run” to the “off” position when bumped or if the driver has a heavy keychain.
Vehicles included in the recall include the Chevy Cobalt, the Chevy HHR, the Pontiac G5, the Pontiac Solstice, the Saturn Ion and the Saturn Sky.
The massive recall has sparked a government inquiry. On April 2-3, GM CEO Mary Barra will testify before Congressional and Senate committees to present the reasons for such a wide-sweeping recall and why GM decided not to disclose the issue for more than ten years.
A criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney’s office will investigate whether or not GM broke any laws after waiting more than a decade to disclose the faulty ignition problems.
If you or someone you know owns a vehicle affected by the recall and have suffered a serious injury, please call the GM ignition recall lawyers at Baron and Budd at 818-839-2320 or visit our website here for more information: //baronandbudd.com/areas-of-practice/gm-faulty-ignition-recall/
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