GM, as is well known, has been in a fair amount of trouble lately with respect to product liability issues. Now, the auto manufacturer has recalled more vehicles, 3.36 million according to sources, over more problems with ignition switches. The recall is separate from but similar to a previous recall of 2.6 million vehicles connected to ignition switch issues. The recent recall is specifically attributed to ignition switches getting knocked out of the run position and negatively impacting the functionality of the cars’ brakes, air bags and power steering.
It is one thing when a company notices a defect and promptly notifies consumers and corrects the problem. Quite another thing, however, is to notice the problem but fail to take action. However, that is the issue with GM. Apparently GM noticed the ignition switch issue over 10 years ago but failed to take action. In total, GM has had to issue 44 different recalls this year on roughly 20 million vehicles. That is a lot of defective vehicles.
In terms of the consequences of the defects, at least 13 deaths occurred in connection with the previous ignition switch recall. The most recent ignition switch recall is connected to eight car accidents and six injuries. No fatalities have been reported in connection with the recent recall.
Those who are harmed by defective motor vehicles or any other defective product have the right to seek compensation appropriate to their injuries and losses. It is important to work with an experienced attorney in such cases, since it isn’t always clear where liability lies and how to build a solid strategy in such cases. Working with an experienced attorney will help ensure the best possible outcome in the case.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “GM recalling nearby 3.4 million more cars for ignition problems,” June