GM Recall Lawyers Investigating Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Following Accidents Where Airbags Failed

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By Harvey Kirk
Posted April 10, 2014

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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.

GM Recall Injury Lawyers

Cases Reviewed for Injuries Following Airbag Failure in Recalled GM Vehicles

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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.

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  • Daniel says:

    I own a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt and it is the only car that I have to drive back and forth work. I can easily remove the key when the car is running. I contacted my nearest dealer and was told to call back in 2 to 3 weeks, as they had ordered a number of parts to fix the ignition, but didn’t know when the part would arrive. Why are we not given “loaner” cars to drive. Why do I have to drive a potentially dangerous vehicle that could injury and possibly kill my wife and I. GM needs to ship out the parts to fix the cars immediately or at least give us another vehicle to drive that is safe while we are waiting for our cars to be fixed!!!!

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

  • robert says:

    I also own a colbalt but its a 2010 This vehicle was involved in a accident caused by a power failure. The engine quite with a loss of power to my steering and braking systems.The chevy dealer says the parts are on back order and should be available in one to two months. The car starts but im afraid to drive it. The car sits in my driveway and i take my bike to work rain or shine. You would think GM would supply their customers with a rental BUT NO!! well F-U !! GM last car i buy.

    Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

  • Gene says:

    I had a 2007 G5. A few years ago I got sandwiched between 2 vehicles totaling the car. The driver that hit me from the rear was doing speeds upwards of 45mph while I was stopped at a light, it caused my car to smash into the back of the vehicle in front of me. No airbags deployed. I could swear the car remained running but I don’t really remember.

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  • Robyn says:

    Ok so I had bought a 2009 Chevy mailabu and had have it for 15 hours and I was driving home and I came tune and
    And my car was smoking and complelty totalled and there was two other vehicles involved . Well I had received this letter like saying my exact car has a recall on it and my specific car. And I had libity on my old car Tuesday and I had added my malibu and said just drop my old car well they investagated it and still said no you don’t have insurance and I had wrecked my mailabu just that next day.

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

  • Shayla says:

    I recently gotten my car fixed from the recall. And now my shifter is not working , I have to place my hand under the steering wheel in order to turn the car off also it can shift an any gear while I’m driving it. I told the dealership and they informed me its not covered under warranty and sent me on my merry way!!

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  • Lisa says:

    i have a 2008 jeep cherokee, the ignition switch if not in the correct position shuts off the power to the truck, wipers, windows, air bags, radio etc.. anything electronic. I was in a accident in January and it was pretty bad, I hit a cop car that pulled in front of me doing 45 mph. All his air bags deployed and none of mine did. It was almost a head on inpact. They should have deployed in mine. I got a recall now on this ignition stuff but they dont have the parts to fix it yet. Nice, so i have a risky vehicle that can kill me??

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

  • VICKIE MARTIN says:

    I owned a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu/which is on recall—–this is my story—-I approached the railroad tracks and attempted to cross over ——–the train was at a great distance—when my back tires hit the jarring—-the space between the railroad tracks and the pavement—it shut sown–well f–u GM–and shame on you for not notifying me about your f—ing recall I was on my deathbed!!!! but guess what I survived to share my story with the world —-you GM almost killed me for not notifying me. THANK YOU FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY!

    Posted on September 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

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