The accident lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk are reviewing potential claims for catastrophic injury or wrongful death involving a recently recalled GM vehicles, which featured a defective ignition switch that may have caused the airbags to fail.
Cases Reviewed for Injuries Following Airbag Failure in Recalled GM Vehicles
Potential GM recall lawsuits are being investigated for individuals involved in an auto accident while operating or riding in any of the following vehicles:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2007 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
So far this year, General Motors (GM) has recalled more than 2.5 million vehicles after disclosing that certain Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles may have faulty ignition switches.
Evidence suggests that GM may have known about these ignition switch problems for years, yet failed to take adequate steps to warn consumers or address the defect.
GM Recall Notices Over Ignition Problems
Certain GM vehicles may contain ignition switches that are prone to suddenly shut the car off if heavy key chains are used, or if the ignition is jarred, such as may occur in an accident or if something strikes the ignition.
These ignition problems may cause the airbags to fail in an accident, increasing the risk of serious injury or death. GM has indicated that 13 deaths may be linked to the faulty ignition switches. However, a report by the Center for Auto Safety (PDF) suggests that there have been more than 300 deaths reported among occupants of the recalled GM vehicles where airbags failed to deploy.
Although GM officials previously told the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) that there was no pattern of problems or issue with the vehicles, they have since admitted that they were aware of the potential risk as early as 2001.
It appears that General Motors placed their desire for profits before consumer safety, with internal memos suggesting that the auto maker thought fixing the problem would be too expensive, despite concerns by parts suppliers and its own engineers.
GM Injury Lawsuits and Wrongful Death Claims
The GM recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits following accidents that occurred throughout the United States involving a recalled GM vehicle, including Chevy Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 or Pontiac Solstice models.
Recall notices were sent to many former owners of these vehicles, and it is important that any potential claims are reviewed as early as possible to ensure that the legal rights of yourself and your family are protected.
Free consultations and case evaluations are available to help determine if serious injuries or death following an airbag failure may have been caused by a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.