General Motors has been the subject of a nationwide controversy involving an auto part defect that has been linked to a number of car accidents and at least 13 deaths. At the center of the controversy is a defective ignition switch, which can inadvertently switch from the "on" position to the "accessory" position through no fault of drivers. This defect can cause power to be shut off from crucial parts of the vehicle, including the engine, brakes, steering, and air bags.
The power failures caused by GM's ignition switch defect can place drivers, passengers, and others on public roadways at serious risk of being injured or killed in traffic accidents. There have been a number of reports of motorists who have been involved in accidents as a result of the faulty ignition switch, and at least 13 deaths attributed directly to the defect.
Evidence GM Knew of the Defect
The controversy surrounding General Motors has been so widespread in part because it was eventually discovered that GM knew about the faulty ignition switches, but did nothing to fix the problem. In fact, evidence and internal communications at GM reveal that the company went as far as intentionally concealing information about the defective auto part and withholding evidence about it playing a factor in crashes where victims were injured or killed.
GM has faced considerable fines over its delay to recall millions of affected vehicles, which include:
- Saturn Ion 2003-2007
- Saturn Sky 2007-2010
- Pontiac G5 2007-2010
- Pontiac Solstice 2006-2010
- Chevrolet Cobalt 2005-2010
- Chevrolet HHR 2006-2011
The Rights of Victims
Victims injured as a result of defective products or auto parts typically have the right to recover their damages by filing claims against manufacturers. In GM's case, several victims and families have stepped forward to file lawsuits against the automaker. Additionally, General Motors recently announced that it will be accepting claims related to defective GM vehicles during a brief period from August to December 2014.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in an accident that may have been caused by a defective ignition switch – or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident – you may have a right to compensation. At The Daspit Law Firm, our Houston car accident lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of victims and families harmed through no fault of their own, and we're prepared to review your case to determine if you may have a claim.
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