General Motors (GM) recalled more than three million vehicles in the first quarter of 2014 because of safety concerns, including faulty ignition components, airbags, and brakes. These defects pose serious safety risks linked to more than 30 crashes and a dozen deaths.
If you or someone you love was injured by a defective ignition component in a recalled GM vehicle our personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys wants to help. We’re not afraid to take on big corporations on your behalf. Give us a call at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free consultation form to get started now.
Investigation of GM Recalls
According to the manufacturer, when GM’s Saturn Ion was in development in 2001 the company was aware the ignition switch could turn off easily, but claimed the switch was redesigned to correct the problem. At the time, GM did not report any suspicions of further problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Since 2003, NHTSA safety regulators have received more than 70 complaints of the Ion shutting down while being driven. That year, an internal inquiry was filed when a service technician observed the engine on the Ion stall because a heavy key chain wore out the ignition switch. The technician replaced the switch and the inquiry was closed.
GM later filed documents with the NHTSA explaining the carmaker had been aware of an ignition switch problem in the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. In this instance, the car could stall if the driver jarred the ignition switch.
GM identified two nonfatal crashes involving Saturn Ions, which may have been related to the ignition problem, in 2012. These findings had not been reported at the date GM learned of them. Also documented that year was GM’s claim that it had not found evidence of any defects with the ignition switch.
GM Recalled Millions of Vehicles
More than 3 million vehicles were recalled in total due to serious safety concerns. On March 17, 2014, General Motors added 1.5 million vehicles to the February 2014 recall of 1.36 million vehicles due to an ignition switch defect. GM’s March 17, 2014 recall included 1.18 million SUVs with airbags that might not deploy, and over 60,000 Cadillacs that the automaker says may have a brake defect that could cause an engine fire. The following vehicles were recalled on Feb. 13, 2014:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007 Pontiac G5
On Feb. 25, 2014, the second group of vehicles were recalled:
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007 Saturn Sky
GM recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles on March 17, 2014 that included:
- 2008-2013 Buick Enclave
- 2008-2013 GMC Acadia
- 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
- 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express
- 2009-2014 GMC Savana
- 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS
Get Help From Cory Watson Attorneys
Our legal team at Cory Watson Attorneys has over 30 years of experience in personal injury law. We’re ready to take on big corporations to get you the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love was injured by a defective ignition component in a recalled GM vehicle our personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys wants to help. Give us a call at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free consultation form to get started now.
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