GM Recall: What You Should Know
In April 2017, the Supreme Court let stand an opinion issued by a lower court saying that GM could not escape lawsuits filed before its bankruptcy—an effort to limit payouts from malfunctions caused by GM vehicle’s ignition switch defects. Because of the ignition switch defects, hundreds of people were injured or killed because of airbag nondeployment and a loss of power in the vehicle.
Prior to the Supreme Court rejecting GM’s appeal, the company was only liable for 2009 or later models. The faulty ignition switch eventually led to more than 30 million recalls, 1,000 lawsuits and $900 million in criminal fines for General Motors, named New GM after bankruptcy.
Now, more than 3,900 claims from 2008 and before are eligible to join a class-action lawsuit against GM. However, it is likely that the amount GM will have to pay in the form of compensation to the victims and their surviving family members will continue to grow. GM owners or surviving families may hold the company liable for medical costs, funeral expenses and the cost to replace damaged property.
GM announced a series of recalls in 2014 after news began to surface that a defect allowed the switches to unexpectedly switch from the “run” position to “off” or “accessory.” The defect shut off a vehicles engines, knocked out airbags, the power-assisted steering and power brakes. The ignition switch shut-off is the result of a “switch detent plunger.” The design of the switch detent plunger was insufficient in providing enough mechanical resistance to prevent accidental rotation. GM was aware of the problem as early as 2005 and even held meetings about it.
Currently, at least 124 deaths and 275 other injuries are attributed to faulty GM ignition switches. Experts estimate the total of outstanding claims against GM is around $10 billion. This is four times the amount the company has already paid in fines and penalties.
GM’s failure to disclose their defects in millions of vehicles is an act of negligence. The company’s failure to disclose led to serious injuries and death. If you lost a loved one or suffered serious injuries from a crash before GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, contact The Carlson Law Firm today. You can discuss your situation with a qualified recall attorney to find out if you meet the requirements for the class action lawsuit. Your loss and injuries may have occurred 10 plus years ago, but it’s not too late to hold the company accountable for its faulty ignition switch or airbag nondeployment.
Common Injuries Caused By A Faulty GM Ignition Switch or Airbag Nondeployment
When an airbag is defective or fails to properly deploy, the results can be devastating. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial fractures
- Eye injuries
- Burn injuries
- And more
In many instances, airbag injuries often lead to death.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you were involved in a serious collision where a faulty GM ignition switch caused an accident or possibly caused the airbag not to deploy, you may have a legal claim. Recalled vehicles include Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn.
It is in your best interest to contact a skilled personal injury attorney. The team at The Carlson Law Firm has handled hundreds of GM’s cases. Contact us today.
- Written by Jill Fowler