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The personal injury attorneys at The Oliver Law Group are currently investigating lawsuits associated with faulty ignition switches on some general motors cars including Chevy, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles. GM has recalled more than 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches and has recently been fined $35 Million by the Federal Government over their neglect in recalling the vehicles in question that have caused at least 12 deaths. GM became aware of the defective ignition switch in its small vehicles in 2001 but did not issue recalls of the vehicles or notify federal safety regulators of the potential hazards the defective ignition switch could cause for drivers and their passengers until this year.
The Oliver Law Group is currently representing plaintiffs in GM Ignition Switch Recall lawsuits involving the faulty ignition switches. If you or a loved one purchased a GM vehicle with a faulty ignition switch which caused you to crash your vehicle after suddenly shutting down on the road, or have a loved one that was in an accident due to this defect, or which has substantially decreased the value of your vehicle, you may be entitled to file a GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit to recover compensation from GM. For a free GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit case evaluation please contact our General Motors Faulty Ignition Switch recall lawyers at 1-800-939-7878 or fill out the form on the right
GM’s Timeline For Faulty Ignition Switchs
GM redesigned the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion after receiving a report in 2001 noting problems with the auto part. The following year, GM changed the designed but a parts supplier notified the company that the ignition switch did not meet GM’s specifications. As more complaints came in regarding the Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt, GM opened an investigation into the faulty ignition switches. In March 2005, however, an engineering manager reported that repairing the problem would be lengthy and costly, so the investigation was closed. A proposal was approved two months later to redesign the key to prevent it from pulling the ignition switch down, but the plan was cancelled. In July 2005, a 16-year-old Maryland resident died after crashing into a tree when the ignition switch turned off the electrical system in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt and the vehicle’s air bags failed to deploy. This was the first fatality involving the ignition switch. After the accident, GM issued a service bulletin to Chevy dealers about the defective ignition problem but did not recall the vehicle. In October 2006, two teenage girls died in St. Croix County, Wisconsin after the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in which they were riding lost power and crashed into a telephone pole and two trees. Police investigators found the ignition switch in the “accessory” position.
It wasn’t until the end of 2013 that the company determined that the defective ignition switch was the cause of at least 31 crashes and 13 deaths. In February 2014, GM notified the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of its findings and issued an official recall of the cars. As of May 2014, GM has recalled 2.6 million vehicles that include:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet Heritage High Room (HHR)
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
In May 2014, GM was fined $35 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its handling of the defective ignition switch case. The company is also under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Congress and Senate, the NHTSA and a state attorney general.
General Motors GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit
Since GM’s recall in February, GM Ignition Switch Recall class action lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs who allege that GM knew of the ignition switch defects but concealed the information and failed to issue a recall. Since the complaints contained similar allegations, a motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) asking that all GM defective ignition switch cases be transferred to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California for coordinated pretrial proceedings. (In Re: General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation – MDL 2543) The JPML has scheduled a hearing on the motion for May 29th in Chicago.
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The Oliver Law Firm is currently representing plaintiffs in injury and class action GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits against GM. If you would like to learn more about filing a GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit, turn to the law firm with the experience, dedication, and trust you deserve. Contact the Oliver Law Group P.C. today for your free case review by calling 1-800-939-7878.
GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit News
REUTERS | MAY 19, 2014 – GM’s Legal Department Reportedly Under Investigation For Handling Of Ignition Switch Recall
WASHINGTON POST | BUSINESS – GM fined $35 million in ignition-switch safety case
CNNMoney | May 12, 2014 – Family seeks to re-open GM recall lawsuit
NBC NEWS | March 21th 2014 – Families in Wisconsin Crash That Killed Two Girls Sue GM
NBC NEWS | March 24th 2014 – GM Facing a Snowstorm of Suits Over Its Ignition Switch Recall
INSURANCE JOURNAL | March 16, 2014 – Lawsuit Filed Against General Motors Over Ignition-Switch Recall Losses
CBS NEWS | – General Motors Recall
DETROIT FREE PRESS | February 26, 2014 – GM adds 748,024 cars to recall over ignition switches tied to 13 deaths, 31 crashes
NBC NEWS | April 18th 2014 – Airbag Maker Is Latest Named in GM Recall Suit