Friday, July 11, 2014 - Lawyers accepting GM injury lawsuit inquiries nationwide announce the launch of a new website, the GM Injury Lawsuit Center, which provides timely GM ignition recall lawsuit news updates and resources at GMInjuryLawsuitCenter.com. Individuals and the family members of individuals who were harmed in a vehicle that has since been subject to the GM ignition recall may qualify to file a GM injury lawsuit for damages.
The ignition recalls have affected millions of vehicles this year dating back to the 2005-2010 model years, including small cars in the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn lines. The recall addresses a problem with the ignition systems and keys in the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Pursuit, Saturn ION, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky, among others, according to GM‘s ignition recall website.*
Low torque in the ignition system has been identified as the problem prompting the recall because it can result in a dangerous circumstance where the electrical system loses power while driving. A loss of electric power disables important safety mechanisms including the brakes, steering, and airbags, according to the GM ignition recall website. Passengers traveling in vehicles that lose electrical power due to the ignition system problem are put at serious risk for injury and death.
According to a March 31, 2014 NPR news piece**, GM knew about problems with their ignition system more than a decade before the recalls were issued: GM first found the defect in 2001 in the Saturn Ion. The defect was next detected in 2004 in the then-new Chevrolet Cobalt. GM issued service bulletins to dealers in 2005, informing them of the problem, but no widespread repairs or recall was initiated until 2014.
GM has acknowledged 13 deaths related to ignition defects; the Center for Auto Safety totals the number of related deaths to 303, according to a letter sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on March 13, 2014 and published in the NY Times.*** That number is based on deaths in Cobalts and Ions where airbags failed to deploy. Total deaths in the other recalled vehicles were not addressed by that report.
Defects in the original design of the ignition system and key have resulted in dangerous driving conditions, according to the recall website. If the ignition system is bumped or jostled in a particular way, the vehicle can inadvertently shift from "Drive" to "Accessory" or "Off", causing the loss of electrical power and compromise of occupant safety. Specifically, the loss of airbags leads to a significant hazard for passengers. Attorneys offering GM injury lawsuit case reviews believe that individuals and the family members of persons harmed in crashes in cars that were recalled by GM may be entitled to real compensation for their losses by filing a GM injury lawsuit.
No amount of money can compensate families effectively for the loss of loved one, but the financial threat of GM ignition recall lawsuits may help to prevent similar incidents in the future. Lawyers accepting new clients for GM injury lawsuits announce no-cost, no-obligation case review to persons or family members of those who were harmed in a vehicle that has been recalled by GM for ignition problems. To receive a GM recall case review with an experienced attorney, contact the firm via its GM Injury Lawsuit Center website.
The Onder Law Firm welcomes GM ignition injury lawsuit inquiries from law firms in regards to handling them or working as co-counsel.