Faulty ignition switches in GM vehicles have contributed to the deaths of 124 people and injured another 275 people. The families of victims are banding together to push for new legislation that would allow car dealers to share technical safety information with buyers. This critical information is often not disclosed because of contracts between car manufacturers and dealerships. According to the families of many victims, this practice is abusive and needs immediate change. To date, GM has paid about $600 million dollars to victims and their families who filed GM recall lawsuits.
Why was Critical Safety Information Not Disclosed to Consumers?
Car dealers are routinely provided with technical service bulletins from the manufacturer of the vehicle. These updates often provide critical safety information and report potential hazards and defects a vehicle may have. However, car buyers are often not informed about these possible safety issues because of contracts between the companies that prohibit the dealer from disclosing the information unless it rises to the level of a recall. Families of victims are pushing for new laws that would allow the dealers to reveal this information and prevent injuries to drivers. It is expected that legislation will be introduced in Maryland that will curb this practice and protect car buyers.
Who is Responsible for Injuries Caused by Defective Auto Parts?
Both car dealers and automakers can be responsible for the injuries caused by defective auto parts depending on the circumstances. Manufacturers are required to make and sell safe products. When they sell a defective product that injures someone, they can be held responsible whether they knew about it or not. Car dealers may be held responsible for the injuries caused by a defective auto part if they knew about a safety issue that they should have reported and failed to do so. Victims and family members effected by the faulty GM ignition switches claim that GM knew about the problem since 2001 but intentionally did not report it to the public.
Contact and Experienced General Motors Ignition Switch Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defective GM ignition switch, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced GM ignition switch lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a lawsuit for you, and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.