Millions of General Motors vehicles are being recalled because of a defect found in the vehicles’ engine and electrical components that can cause the cars to shut off. The ignition switch defect is found in Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn, Buick, and GMC models. Drivers who suffered injuries caused by the ignition switch defect are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their damages.
In some tragic cases, families of vehicle owners who died in a vehicle accident involving a recalled GM vehicle are filing wrongful death claims against GM. The faulty GM ignition switch has been linked to dozens of deaths and thousands of serious injuries. A Texas woman has even been cleared of a prior homicide conviction after GM acknowledged that the Saturn Ion vehicle driven by the woman was defective. GM has offered at least $1 million to the families of individuals who died due to a defect in a GM vehicle. The automaker estimated expenses related to the recall at $1.2 billion.
Experienced trial lawyers with The Cochran Firm, D.C. are actively investigating claims nationwide related to the GM ignition switch recall. Because time extremely short deadlines may apply to GM ignition switch claims, we strongly recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience. If you miss the deadline, you may be ineligible to file a claim.
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The General Motors recall of faulty ignition switches applies to millions of vehicles, including the following car models (new models are continually being added to the recall list so please do not hesitate to contact us if your vehicle is unlisted):
GM corporate executives knew about the problems associated with its ignition switches many years ago and the fix would have been inexpensive. Emails obtained by Reuters show that General Motors could have fixed the problem at a cost of $0.90 per vehicle. An internal email at Delphi Automotive, the supplier of the faulty ignition switch, stated that the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch was “blowing up in their face.” The New York Times also reported that GM sent dealers an announcement in 2006 warning that the ignition switch could turn off when drivers had heavy key chains.
The attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. have extensive experience in catastrophic injury lawsuits and have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for their clients. If you or someone you love was in a serious car accident involving a defective GM vehicle, please contact us for a free case review. Because short time deadlines may apply to filing a claim, we recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience in order to preserve your rights.