General Motors has made an announcement that it will be recalling approximately 1.37 million cars that were made between 2004 and 2007. The recall is based on a faulty ignition switch that can randomly turn the car off while it is in use. This recall is in addition to the 778,000 cars recalled earlier in February with the same problem.
The recall includes the following vehicles from 2004-2007
• Chevy Cobalt
• Pontiac G5
• Saturn Ion
• Chevrolet HHR
• Pontiac Solstices
• Saturn Sky
General Motors (GM) has issued a statement that the ignitions in these vehicles can turn off without warning, leaving the car without power steering, power brakes, or the ability to deploy airbags.
A Brief Look At The History
In 2004, court documents show that an engineer for GM noted that during a test drive the ignition shut off in the car. While the engineer reported this issue to his superiors, it was not reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The law states that all auto manufacturers must report a safety issue to the NHTSA within five days of discovering the problem. Failure to make a report can lead to a $35 million fine to the car company,
Court documents for current cases show that GM believed it was not a true safety issue because you can still operate the car manually while it is stalled and that it could quickly be restarted if placed in neutral or in park. GM did not state the reason that the airbags were not deploying.
GM has stated that it will conduct a complete recall on these cars and begin to notify owners immediately on what to do to remain safe until they can have their ignitions changed. Included in these tips are to only have your single car key on the ring because it is believed the weight from multiple keys on a key ring is what is causing the ignitions to turn off.
What To Do If You Have Been Injured
Chicago and other cold area residents have experienced a variety of dangerous driving conditions over the last few months due to inclement weather. They do not need to add to this risk the potential of having their car turn off while they are driving and not be able to control the vehicle. Anyone driving one of these recalled vehicles must take extra precaution until the ignition is replaced. At this time, there have been 13 recorded deaths and 31 font-end accidents directly connected to this problem.
Auto accidents and personal injuries fall into an area of law that has a statute of limitations. This means you have a limited amount of time to file a claim; you won’t be allowed to file if you wait too long. If you have already experienced an ignition failure incident, you need a lawyer for a car accident in Chicago, or one in your area to discuss your rights as a victim of a defective product.
GM knew this was an issue for nearly 10 years before admitting it and making a recall. This is negligence and the negligent must be held accountable.
An experienced car accident attorney will be able to help you build a case against General Motors as well as help you with your current car accident case. Your rights as a consumer have been violated and you were injured as a result so it expected that you should receive fair compensation for your losses.
As a current events blogger, Teresa Stewart often researches topics for public service announcements. If part of the recall, it’s critical for consumers to return to the dealer as soon as possible to take advantage of the ignition solution.
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