The Consumerist had an interesting story last week about the massive recall, which is linked to faulty ignition switches. The recall includes about 2.6 million vehicles, including Saturn Ion (2003-2007), Chevrolet Cobalt (2005-2010), Chevrolet HHR (2006-2011), Pontiac G5 (2007-2010), Pontiac Solstice (2006-2010) and Saturn Sky (2007-2010) vehicles.
The recall, announced in March, has been linked to at least 13 deaths. However, the Consumerist reported that GM might face more than civil actions because of its negligence. It has been reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was aware of the defect for more than ten years by various news outlets.
Due to the alleged negligence, the Justice Department has begun to carry out a criminal investigation to determine if charges are warranted. This may play a role in civil liability.
“GM, in some way, will need to compensate the car owners, accident victims and surviving families of those who were killed due to this error,” the Consumerist reported. “That complicated question of how much legal liability GM actually bears for their own error and cover-up will be a key factor in every proceeding.”
When the recall was announced, GM said that the ignition on the vehicles could accidentally switch out of the run position while the car is being driven. When this occurs, the vehicle’s engine shuts off, rendering its brakes, power steering and airbags useless.
What Can I Do If I Was Injured in a Recalled General Motors Vehicle?
If GM truly was aware of the ignition issues, it should be held liable for any deaths or injuries related to the recall. In addition to death, car accidents resulting from defective parts can result in catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or broken bones.
If you have been hurt in a crash involving a recalled vehicle or have had a loved one die because of manufacturer negligence, our Nashville vehicle accident lawyer has decades of experience assisting victims. Call us today at (615) 690-2080.
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Davis’ Words of Wisdom: According to the Consumerist, the NHTSA had at least six complaints about the power shutting off in Chevy Cobalts by 2007.