General Motors Ignition Switch Recall - Legal Help for Compensation
General Motors recently announced the expansion of 778,000 unit recall because of a faulty ignition switch problem. The company has not only doubled the total number of cars affected, but also plans to recall models beyond Pontiac G5 and Chevrolet Cobalt. Earlier, the company’s ignition switch recall was centered around ignition switches which could slip out of run’ position if some weight was applied to the key or when they were jostled.
General Motors ignition switch recall has expanded to more than 1.3 million units. Moreover, it also includes vehicles manufactured between 2003-2007. Sedans and Saturn Ion Coupes built between 2003-2007, Saturn Sky Roadsters built between 2006-2007, and Chevrolet HHR Veinlets built between 2006-2007 are included in the recall.
GM has finally begun the process of informing owners of affected vehicles. The company does not plan to limit its efforts to only written notifications. It will also reach out via customer care centers and social media. Owners can visit dealers for installation of new ignition switches. Finally, General Motors seems to take some blame for its lack of professionalism and oversight. It was revealed in court depositions that the company knew about this problem when the models were still new.
Unfortunately, the number of accidents because of the faulty switches has also increased. More than 30 accidents and 13 fatalities have been caused by ignition switches which move out of run’ position without any warning. This prevented the airbags from properly deploying, which is a serious problem, indeed.Legal Rights of People Injured by Defective Cars
Car manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce cars which are safe, and even rectify any known safety or manufacturing defects. Car manufacturers selling defective vehicles may be liable for legal action. Damages will include :
- Past and future suffering, physical pain, physical impairment and mental anguish
- Past and future incidental, hospital and medical expenses
- Past and future loss of earning capacity and earnings
- Punitive damages
These were your legal rights under personal injury law. However, if the driver was killed, members of the family can also file a wrongful death suit.Seek Legal Help for Your Damages
In case someone you love or care about has been injured or died because of an ignition switch defect in a General Motors car, you should seek legal help for your damages to receive fair compensation. The Law offices of Carabin Shaw is experienced in handling recall cases. We have the resources to take on the big companies. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a vehicle defect, contact our office for a free consultation today: call 800-862-1260
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