This Just in: What You Need to Know About the General Motors Recall and the General Motors Lawsuit in California

March 19, 2014  |  Class Actions

Two things you need to know about the recent GM recall:

  1. Federal regulators and other government officials are investigating the faulty ignition currently linked to 12 deaths.
  2. One month after news of General Motor Co.’s massive 1.6 million recall, newly appointed GM chief executive Mary T. Barra has finally spoken up, promising to get to the bottom of the faulty ignition switches, a problem that GM has been aware of for 10 years now.

But there’s more… The recall concerns the ignition in some of GM’s cars, which can allegedly lose engine power or disable air bags if bumped or weighed down by a heavy key ring. That’s right: If a driver does something so simple and commonplace as putting several extra keys or a fashionable charm on a key chain, the ignition key could slip out of the “run” mode to the “accessory” or “off” mode, thereby shutting off the engine, airbag and other safety equipment.

This faulty ignition problem covers approximately 1.6 million General Motors Co. cars.

And here’s the kicker: producing a replacement for the faulty parts will only cost $2 to $5 per car and will require a service technician mere minutes to install.

$2 to $5 and mere minutes. That’s right –there is an easy solution.

Which begs the question: Why ten years — or more? GM admitted to the Wall Street Journal that it began to learn of ignition problems during testing of the Saturn Ion in 2001. And in February 2014, GM released a chronology of the events leading up to the ignition-related recall. The chronology went all the way back to 2004, when GM said that they first learned of the problem and yet decided not to take immediate action.

It’s bad enough dealing with road rage and rush hour… but a too-heavy-key-chain? That’s too much.

If you or someone you know has experienced problems relating to their GM vehicle’s ignition, please contact our GM recall lawyer as quickly as possible at 818-839-2320 or via email here. We are here to help you understand what your options are.

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