According to recent data from the Center for Auto Safety, 303 people have been killed between 2003 and 2012 by airbag failure in accidents involving General Motors vehicles. This news draws attention to issues with ignition switches in GM Chevrolets, Pontiacs, and Saturns, and brings to light the possible connection between malfunctioning GM ignition switches and the failure of airbags to deploy in GM vehicles.
Legal claims have been made by victims and their families that being attached to a heavy keychain or jarring from road bumps may accidentally cause faulty GM ignition switches to turn to the off position, which could prevent airbags from deploying. While there is currently no evidence directly tying the defective switches to the deaths of those 303 people, GM has admitted that 13 fatalities were linked to faulty auto parts.
To date, GM has issued a recall for more than 3.3 million vehicles, most of which were sold in the U.S. market. On top of the vehicles recalled for ignition switch issues, 1.7 million vans, SUVs, and Cadillac luxury cars have been recalled as well for a wiring defect that prevented airbags from deploying.
The following models were included in the ignition switch recall:
- Chevrolet Cobalt – 2005-2010
- Pontiac G5 – 2007-2010
- Pontiac Solstice – 2006-2010
- Saturn Ion – 2003-2007
- Chevrolet HHR – 2006-2011
- Saturn Sky – 2007-2010
Prior to the recall for the ignition switch problem, the following models were recalled for a faulty wiring issue:
- Buick Enclave – 2008-2013
- GMC Acadia – 2008-2013
- Chevrolet Traverse – 2009-2013
- Saturn Outlook – 2009-2013
The Alexander Law Firm is now accepting cases for victims of auto accidents involving faulty GM vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the failure of airbags to deploy in a GM vehicle, please contact the Alexander Law Firm today. We can investigate the details of your case and validate claims for potential lawsuits involving GM ignition switch and wiring defects.
We will evaluate the circumstances surrounding your case and work with you with no legal fees or court costs unless you win legal compensation. Our lawyers have successfully won verdicts and settlements for our clients in vehicular accident injury cases in the past. Allow us to begin helping you and dial 1-800-350-5110 then press 0 to speak with one of our auto accident lawyers today.