A Comprehensive Analysis of the General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors, the world’s largest auto manufacturer by unit sales, just recalled more than seven hundred and seventy thousands units. This recall means that the total number of vehicles recalled by the giant manufacturer now stands at nearly one and a half million units. The car models involved in the recall include the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, the Saturn Ion, the Pontiac Solstice, Chevrolet HHR vanlets and the Saturn Sky roadsters. The problem that brought about the recall emanates from the ignition switch built into the cars by General Motors. This switch easily slips out of the run position when jolted or when something applies weight to the key in the cylinder. Here is a comprehensive analysis of this huge problem.

The Impact of the Ignition Problem

The faulty ignition switch led many fatalities in the United States. These fatalities were a result of injuries sustained when the cars used suddenly switched out of run position. This sudden move means that there was insufficient time for the airbags in the care to deploy and as such, the people involved in these accidents had little chance of surviving the impact of a car crash. Authorities in Canada also suspect that this faulty ignition switch could also be the cause of another fatality in Canada that occurred on June 2013.

Reaction from General Motors

The response from General Motors has been slow. Intense pressure from US authorities such as the National Highway Traffic Control and the Department of Justice seem to have finally borne fruit. This is because the GM Ignition switch causing major injuries could not go answered. General Motors finally acknowledged the problem and initiated the recall process. The Canadian subsidiary of General Motors also instituted recalls of more than two hundred thousand cars. Continued pressure from lobby groups, victims and US agencies may finally cause General Motors to own up to its mistakes and compensate all those afflicted as a result of these mistakes.

The Culpability of General Motors

Documents revealed in court depositions indicate that General Motors knew about the faulty switches and the models affected by these switches. These documents also reveal that a series of events submitted to the NHTSA i.e. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also prove that General Motors was aware of this faulty switch. These indisputable documents may be the reason why General Motors is slowly starting to own up to its mistakes concerning these faulty switches.

What You Need To Do

The law is here to protect your rights. You should not let an injustice go unanswered. There are serious legal ramifications that come with such negligence including liability and compensation. In other words, those who sustained injuries or suffered the loss of a loved one due to this faulty ignition switch should seek legal redress for their woes. Legal redress is only possible when you call an experienced law firm to take up your case. The attorneys at Carabin Shaw have the knowledge, experience and resourced to take on a large corporation like GM. Contact us today if you suffered the loss of a loved one or if you suffered an injury because of this faulty ignition switch.

Call us for a free no obligation assessment of your case by one of our experienced lawyers. Toll Free: 1.800.862.1260.

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