Hurt by the General Motors Ignition Switch Defect?
Defective Auto Components
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Accident Lawyers Handling Defective Vehicle Lawsuits
General Motors (GM) has recalled millions of vehicles due to a potential ignition switch defect. These switches may unintentionally cause the vehicle’s key to turn off the engine’s electrical systems, which can disable important components such as the airbags, power steering and brakes. These vehicle defects then create the potential for serious injuries and fatal motor vehicle crashes.
Our product liability attorneys have extensive experience dealing with defective vehicles. We are currently representing those injured and families who lost loved ones in GM ignition switch accidents.
What Vehicles Did GM Recall?
In the GM Company Vehicle Evaluation Program in 2004, engineers suggested correcting the ignition in the Saturn Ion. According to reports, a driver’s knee could easily bump the key and then turn the engine off. However, instead of addressing the problem, General Motors used the same switch in other GM models. The company downplayed the issue and failed to appreciate the severity of this safety hazard.
More than a decade after implementing the defective ignition switch, GM recalled cars affected by the faulty component. The ignition switch defect in some of these vehicles has already caused or played a role in airbags failing to deploy. This then resulted in front seat fatalities.
Vehicle models announced in the GM recall list for ignition switch defects include:
- 2005 – 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006 – 2011 Chevrolet Heritage High Roof (HHR)
- 2000 – 2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000 – 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo
- 1997 – 2005 Chevy Malibu
- 2010 – 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2007 Opel/Vauxhall GT (only sold in Europe)
- 2005 – 2010 Pontiac G5
- 2005 – 2006 Pontiac Pursuit (only sold in Canada)
- 2006 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 1999 – 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2004 – 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 2003 – 2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007 – 2010 Saturn Sky
- 2005 – 2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006 – 2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2000 – 2005 Cadillac Deville
- 2004 – 2011 Cadillac DTS
- 2003 – 2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2004 – 2006 Cadillac SRX
- 1998 – 2002 Oldsmobile Intrique
- 1999 – 2004 Oldsmobile Alero
General Motors may announce additional recalls. Thus, consumers should continue to check for updates on our website and personal injury attorney blog for future GM recall news.
What Do I Do if GM Recalled My Car? Ask a Car Defect Lawyer
Though GM is offering to repair the affected vehicles and work with owners on a case-by-case basis, anyone who owns a recalled GM vehicle should talk to a car defect lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys have dealt with vehicle recall laws. Thus, we can let you know if the compensation GM offers is fair.
Proven Results for Defective Vehicle Claims
Our accident attorneys have gained significant injury settlements and verdicts in a number of high-profile car defect cases. This work in vehicle safety lawsuits has forced the auto industry to create and then follow safety standards that better protect consumers. Our accomplishments include:
- Our law firm represented more than 200 people for damages in more than 50 separate accidents involving the Ford-Firestone tire tread that lead to numerous Ford Explorer rollover crashes.
- During the Toyota recall for vehicles capable of sudden acceleration, partner Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson served as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee. He worked to discover how the problem could occur and suggested changes in the vehicle design. He was also among 21 plaintiff lawyers from the U.S. chosen for U.S. claims.
- We filed the first lawsuit claiming the Ford Pinto fuel system was faulty.
Our national personal injury law firm has proven highly successful at helping victims of serious accidents. Our team of GM recall attorneys has the experience as well as the success necessary to secure compensation for victims. If you need free attorney advice about auto defects or other personal injury concerns, then call our office today.