GM Auto Recall Timing Questioned

A recent auto recall issued by General Motors has garnered attention from safety advocates following allegations the auto maker was aware of vehicle defects as early as 2004.

The recall stems from GM ignition defects, which can cause vehicles to unexpectedly shut off, leaving drivers without power steering or brakes. In addition, the defective ignition can prevent airbags from deploying properly.

More than 1.37 million compact vehicles were a part of the recall, including:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the position of the key in the ignition and even the weight of a key ring can provoke issues with the ignition, sparking additional complications and rendering vehicles unsafe. As many as six reports of deaths linked to the defect have been noted, causing some to question the timing of the recall and whether the automaker knew about car defects prior. At least 35 crashes have been linked to the GM defects associated with the recall.

A product liability lawsuit brought against the auto manufacturer alleges that General Motors may have been aware of the flaws linked to the bad ignition switches. Additionally, safety advocates are calling the NHTSA to further investigate GM and the timing of the auto recall.

Some vehicle recalls in the past, where the timing of a recall was questioned and prompted NHTSA investigations, have resulted in severe fines, including a Toyota steering recall involving 2005 steering rods. The NHTSA fined Toyota more than $16 million last year for that particular instance of recall and how it was handled by the automaker.

If you’ve experienced injuries or lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by flawed auto equipment of defects in a vehicle, call our auto product liability lawyers, located in Texas and serving injured clients across the nation. With experienced investigators right on staff, we have the capabilities to effectively gather information, data and evidence tied to vehicle defects and the injuries and wrongful death they cause. We care. We can help.

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