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Have You Been Injured Due to a Defective GM Ignition Switch?
Call Today. You May Have a GM Recall Lawsuit
What is the General Motors Recall?
On February 10th 2014, General Motors announced that they were recalling specific models of the Chevy and Pontiac vehicles. This recall affected over 780,000 vehicles initially. Merely days later, GM expanded its recall to include 1.6 million vehicles total.
The recalled models included:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007 Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007 Saturn Sky
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective ignition in a recalled GM vehicle, you should contact an experienced GM Recall Lawyer to help you.
Why Was There a General Motors Recall?
According to the documents that were filed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website, the issue with the recalled General Motors vehicles is that:
The weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
This defect could potentially allow the key to move, which in turn shuts off the engine. As a result of the engine turning off, the driver is unable to access crucial driving features like the brakes, airbags and power steering. The key is reported by drivers to move out of the “run” position without any type of warning. This can be caused by a number of different things including:
- Driving over bumps
- Driving off the road
- Driving with a heavy key chain or multiple keys
- Accidentally bumping into the key or steering column
- Front end collisions
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Timeline of GM Recall Lawsuits and Events:
March 6 – The CEO of General Motors (GM), Mary Barra, made an announcement that she will be personally directing an internal investigation to get a report of what happened with the long-delayed recall of over one million vehicles with a defective ignition switch. United States safety regulators are requesting the names of employees at meetings and answers as to why it took GM 10 years to address the issue.
March 7 – A GM recall lawsuit brought by the family of Brooke Melton, a woman who died in 2010 in an auto accident involving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, is settled. (Melton v. General Motors et. al.) Brooke was driving home on the night of her 29th birthday when the crash occurred. Lawyers alleged that the ignition had failed in her vehicle causing her to lose control and hit another vehicle. Testimony showed that the maker of these vehicles knew about the defective ignition since 2004, which is before the vehicle was even on the road.
March 13 – Four crashes and four deaths were linked to a defective ignition switch in the Saturn Ions. General Motors failed to recall the Ions despite the fact that they knew about the four deaths associated with the defective ignition switch The company allegedly knew about the problem as far back as 2001, 3 years earlier than admitted previously, and more than a decade before the vehicle was actually recalled.
April 3 – General Motors is hit with at least 15 class actions and numerous personal injury lawsuits. Due to the millions of vehicles being recalled, lawyers are seeking to consolidate to Multi-District Litigation. As many as 1.6 million vehicles have been recalled at this point.
April 9 – Bloomberg News reports that GM is being sued in at least 15 federal lawsuits. Vehicle owners across the country are seeking compensation. Many are claiming that GM knew about the defect and failed to recall the vehicles. Steven Groman is a 2008 Chevrolet HHR owner who was forced to sell his vehicle after engine had shut off spontaneously on 4 different occasions. Groman and many others are seeking compensation. (Groman v. General Motors LLC, 12-cv-02458, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York)
April 15 – Detroit Free Press reports that GM is asking a New York bankruptcy judge to protect them from impending liability in the defective ignition switch lawsuits. The company is looking to delay the federal judge from ruling in a class-action case until the bankruptcy judge decides whether they are shielded from product liability. In 2009, GM proceeded in a bankruptcy reorganization, basically creating a new GM that could be immune from the lawsuits arising before the bankruptcy.
May 22 – GM announces that they may pay billions to resolve over 400 different lawsuits. The lawsuits involve the many recalls, including the defective ignition switch, which has been linked to 13 deaths. Since the beginning of the year GM has recalled millions of vehicles and issued as many as 29 recalls due to safety issues.
May 28 – When GM recalled their defective vehicles earlier this year they admitted to only 13 deaths being linked to the defect. The director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that number is likely to rise, and the number of deaths could be as many as 50 or higher. David Friedman, the director of the NHTSA, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal stated:
We believe it’s likely that more than 13 lives were lost. GM knew about the safety defect, but did not act to protect Americans from that defect until this year. The families and friends of those lost in the crashes…deserve straight answers about what happened to their loved ones.”
June 9 – Federal Judges have filed a transfer order moving for all defective ignition switch lawsuits against GM to be centralized into Multi-District Litigation. Judge Jesse M. Furman will oversee the MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
June 13 – GM recalled over 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros after they received information that 3 crashes and 4 injuries were linked to the defective ignition switch problem.
June 16 – GM recalls 3.4 million more vehicles for the ignition switch issues. This is in addition to the millions already recalled earlier this year. There has been at least 13 deaths linked to this problem. The latest recall includes:
- Chevy Monte Carlo (2006–2008)
- Buick Regal LS & GS (2004–2005)
- Cadillac DTS (2004–2011)
- Buick Lucerne (2006–2011)
- Cadillac Deville (2000–2005)
- Chevrolet Impala (2006-2014)
- Buick Lacrosse (2005-2009)
June 18 – Safety Authorities for the federal government are now investigating ignition switch issues in Jeeps as well as 1.25 million Chrysler vehicles. A NHSTA report alleges that “the driver’s knee can contact the ignition key fob/chain and cause the ignition to be turned to the off or accessory position. If this occurs, the vehicle’s air bags may not deploy in the event of a frontal crash.” This recall includes over 500,000 Jeep models:
- Jeep Commander (2006-2007)
- Jeep Grand Cherokee (2005-2006)
June 19 – A lawsuit is filed by GM owners against the company seeking as much as $10 billion for the resale value lost on their vehicles. The complaint alleged that GM deliberately concealed the defects and delayed the recalls. (Anna Andrews v. General Motors)
June 25 – Only halfway through the year and it is being announced that auto-makers have issued more recalls in the US than ever before. As many as 31 million vehicles have been recalled in 2014 breaking the previous record of 30.8 million.
June 30 – GM announces that they are recalling even more vehicles, most having the defective ignition switch issue. They also are stating that there have been two additional deaths linked to the problem and they are planning a victim’s compensation program. The newly recalled vehicles include:
- Cadillac SRX (2004-2006)
- Cadillac CTS (2003-2014)
- Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo (2000-2005)
- Pontiac Grand Prix (2004-2008)
- Pontiac Grand Am (1999-2005)
- Oldsmobile Alero (1999-2004)
- Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-2002)
- Chevrolet Malibu (1997-2005)
It is also announced by GM that a mediation attorney has been hired for victim’s compensation. A website was set up and a program was established to compensate the victims of the ignition switch problem.
July 10 – GM was hit with a lawsuit after a 23 year old man died in a head on collision, which is allegedly linked to a faulty ignition switch. The ignition switch was the center of this wrongful death lawsuit.
July 22 – USA Today reports that Chrysler Jeep is announcing that they are recalling nearly 800,000 jeeps after an accident was reported caused by an ignition switch problem. The article states that:
Chrysler says that in the Jeeps, the ignition switch can be bumped by the driver’s knee, moving the ignition out of the “on” position, shutting off the engine, killing the power assist to the steering and brakes and disabling air bags”
July 24 – According to The New York Times “After issuing 60 recalls and accumulating $3.8 billion in costs for vehicle repairs and compensation for accident victims, General Motors is desperately trying to move past the worst safety crisis in its history…” GM is not done recalling vehicles at this time, they have issued another 823,000 vehicle recalls and there has been a sharp increase in injuries and deaths.
July 31 – According to Bloomberg, a class action lawsuit was filed after Chrysler recalled 800,000 Jeeps due to an ignition switch issue. The article states:
Latoya Lumpkin, who owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee, filed the lawsuit as a class action, seeking to represent all U.S. owners of the recalled Chrysler vehicles. She’s asking for damages for these owners for lost use, repairs and diminished value, as well as an order to prohibit driving them until repairs are made.”
August 12 – GM recalls approximately 215,000 Saturn Vue’s (2002-2004) due to two different ignition switch issues that have been linked to two crashes and one injury.
September 16 – GM is going to pay at least 19 different compensation claims involving wrongful deaths that were linked to the defective ignition switch according to Reuters. The articles states: “General Motors Co (GM) will pay compensation for 19 deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch, according to the lawyer overseeing the compensation process, more than the 13 deaths the automaker had previously admitted were caused by the now recalled part.” As of September there are 113 pending GM recall lawsuits.
October 2 – Another 350,000 vehicles are added to the ignition switch recall by Chrysler, bringing the total to approximately 2 million. The most recent recalled vehicles include the 2008 models of:
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Jeep Commander
- Chrysler 300
- Dodge Magnum
- Dodge Charger
October 13 – CBS News reports that the ignition switch death toll has hit 27. At least 27 people have died in relation to the defect, and numerous have been injured in crashes.
October 15 – There are currently 119 pending lawsuits against GM for the defective ignition switch.
Why Should You Hire an Experienced GM Recall Lawyer?
You should hire a GM Recall lawyer because many ignition switch lawsuits are currently being filed around the country. An experienced GM Recall lawyer cannot only file a GM lawsuit on your behalf, but they can also advise you as to whether you have a case and answer all your questions. You may be able to collect for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
Do You Have a General Motors Ignition Switch Injury Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one have a GM recalled vehicle and have been injured as a result of the ignition’s defect, you could be entitled to compensation. A GM recall lawyer, who is well-versed in these types of cases, can provide you with the legal representation that you deserve.
Our law firm is working with some of the more experienced GM recall lawyers in the country, who can file a GM Recall lawsuit on your behalf. Please call us toll free or fill out a contact form for a free legal case evaluation. There are no legal fees until you receive a settlement or reward.