Car owners still frenzied over GM ignition recall, years later
You may remember the uproar caused by General Motors back in 2014, recalling some 30 million vehicles, over various issues, including a defective ignition switch in some of the cars it manufactured – a problem that has led to at least 97 deaths.
In the first few months, GM ordered the recall of 2.6 million small cars because of faulty ignition switches, later recalling an additional 8.4 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. The faulty switches could inadvertently cause the vehicles to shut off engines and airbags while driving.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, emerging evidence showed that the American manufacturers knew about the faulty switches since at least 2003, but were slow to fix the problem. This brought about a federal and Congressional investigation, which ended with GM agreeing to pay a $900 million criminal settlement.
General Motors legal representation also announced that civil settlements would start at $1 million for families of individuals who dies in an accident linked to the defective ignition switches. In addition, the company will pay estimated lifetime earnings and $300,000 to a spouse and each dependant. Those who suffered life-altering injuries may receive more. As of May 2015, the company has set aside $550 million for the GM Ignition Compensation Fund.
Were you affected
If you were driving a GM vehicle and got into an accident with no airbag deployment, but sustained some sort of injury, you may have a case.
GM brands include:
What we can do for you
Please contact one of our offices today for a free consultation. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys who are ready to help.
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