Product Liability Lawyers for Recalled Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn and Other GM Vehicles
During the first half of 2014, General Motors (GM) recalled millions of different Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn, Buick and Cadillac vehicles due to a number of different serious safety problems, which may have caused hundreds of accidents, injuries and deaths over the past decade.
The GM recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential cases for individuals who suffered a personal injury or wrongful death as a result of an accident in one of these recalled vehicles, which may have resulted from:
- Airbag Failure
- Car Shutting Off
- Loss of Steering Control
- Brake Problems
- Fuel Leaks or Fires
Financial compensation may be available through a GM lawsuit settlement, even in cases where accidents occurred many years ago. To review whether you or a loved one may have a recall lawsuit, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
General Motors Recalls in 2014
In February 2014, General Motors recalled about 800,000 vehicles due to problems with defective ignition switches, which may cause the vehicles to suddenly shut off and the airbags to fail when heavy keychains were used or if the ignition was struck by the knee (such as may occur in an accident).
This ignition switch recall was subsequently expanded to include nearly 2.6 million vehicles, and the automaker has acknowledged that dozens of deaths and injuries appear to have occurred in accidents involving the recalled Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles sold with the faulty ignition switch.
In the aftermath of the recall, it has been discovered that General Motors was aware of the potential safety issue for years and failed to take steps to correct the issue or remove the cars from the road.
GM has faced severe scrutiny over safety issues, resulting in a number of other recalls involving a wide variety of vehicle models and safety problems. It appears that the auto manufacturer also knew about many of these other issues for many years, but placed their desire for profits before consumer safety.
Among the vehicles GM recalled in 2014:
- 2005 — 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2010 — 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2006 — 2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006 — 2014 Chevrolet Impala
- 2006 — 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2005 — 2010 Pontiac G5
- 2006 — 2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2003 — 2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007 — 2010 Saturn Sky
- 2005 — 2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006 — 2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2004 — 2005 Buick Regal LS
- 2004 — 2005 Buick Regal GS
- 2000 — 2005 Cadillac Deville
- 2004 — 2011 Cadillac DTS
GM Airbag Problems Due to Faulty Ignition Switch
Investigations have confirmed that GM executives and engineers knew about the potential risk of airbag problems caused by faulty and defective ignition switches since 2002, but decided to leave the defective and potentially dangerous cars on the road for more than a decade.
An independent report sponsored by GM following the recall described the auto maker’s failure to protect the public from these defective vehicles as a “pattern of incompetence”.
The report suggested that GM engineers did not even understand the design philosophy behind the very cars they were manufacturing. One of the major design philosophies was to prevent the air bags from accidentally deploying, and engineers appeared to have failed to understand that this meant they would be disabled if the car turned off by accident.
As a result of this preventable defect, it appears that many individuals throughout the United States suffered a severe personal injury or wrongful death in accidents involving recalled GM vehicles. Owners of these cars and family members had no way of knowing that problems with the vehicles may have caused or contributed to the accident prior to the recall.
As of mid-2014, GM has only acknowledged that about 60 accidents and 16 deaths have been linked to the recalled ignition switches. However, federal safety officials and consumer advocacy groups have suggested that number is likely to increase dramatically as individuals and families step forward to pursue GM recall lawsuits.
According to a report issued by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) in March 2014, a review of the NHTSA’s files found reports involving at least 303 deaths that occurred following accidents involving recalled GM Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles. These accidents all involved airbags failing to deploy in non-rear end crashes.
GM Recall Class Action Lawyers
General Motors has acknowledged that it will be required to pay substantial compensation to individuals injured or killed in accidents that may have involved problems with the ignition switches or other vehicle defects.
Obtaining the proper compensation for yourself or your family will require product liability lawyers to ensure the auto maker is held accountable for their actions. In many cases, immediate actions must be taken to preserve evidence and investigate the cause of an accident.
The GM recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential class action lawsuits and individuals claims for accidents throughout the United States. Free consultations and case evaluations are available to provide guidance on what legal rights may be available.
To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, contact Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. today. All cases are handled by our law firm under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our lawyers and Saiontz & Kirk only receives an attorney fee or reimbursement of expenses if a recovery is obtained. No fees or expenses unless you win.