In the past several months, General Motors has been at the center of a national controversy involving a serious auto defect that has been linked to a number of preventable auto accidents and injuries – including at least 13 deaths. The defect involves an ignition switch that can unintentionally switch from the "on" position to the "accessory" position.
The ignition switch defect has been found to seriously endanger motorists and others on the road because it can cause power to be shut off from a vehicle's engine, steering, brakes, and air bags. As a result of the potential dangers the defect poses, GM has recalled millions of affected vehicles.
Affected vehicles and models include:
- Pontiac Solstice 2006-2010
- Pontiac G5 2007-2010
- Saturn Ion 2003-2007
- Saturn Sky 2007-2010
- Chevrolet Cobalt 2005-2010
- Chevrolet HHR 2006-2011
In addition to controversy involving the serious auto defect, General Motors has received scores of negative attention – as well as fines – for its failures to immediately address the problem. In fact, evidence turned up in investigations revealed that although GM engineers knew of the faulty ignition switch, GM did nothing to fix the problem. The company also willfully concealed information about the defect and withheld evidence about its role in crashes where people were injured or killed.
Compensation for Injured Victims & Families
Victims and families harmed by defective products have the legal right to file lawsuits against manufacturers who made these unsafe products available. Many victims and families who have been injured or lost loved ones as a result of the defective ignition switch have already filed lawsuits against GM. The automaker also recently announced a compensation fund for other victims.
General Motors will be accepting claims from drivers, passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and families who suffered losses as a result of auto accidents linked to vehicles with the defective ignition switch. According to GM, the company will be accepting claims from August 1 through December 31, 2014.
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have dedicated their professional careers to fighting on behalf of victims harmed through no fault of their own, including victims hurt in car accidents or by defective products. If you have questions about an accident that may involve any of the above GM vehicles, please contact our firm today for a free case evaluation.