In the past decade, over three hundred people have died in car accidents involving GM vehicles with ignition switch issues. Many of these deaths were attributed to airbag failure. General Motors has acknowledged that the deaths of at least 13 people were related to defective auto parts, and to date, more than a million GM vehicles have already been recalled by the company for having faulty ignition switches and wiring defects.
An ignition switch defect may cause the car’s ignition to turn to the off position while the vehicle is running, leading to the failure of airbags to deploy upon a collision, as well as issues with steering and applying the brakes. This defect has been associated mostly with Chevy Cobalt vehicles, but General Motors has also recalled the following vehicles:
- 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2006-2011 Saturn Sky
- 2006-2011 Chevy HHR
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
According to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators, in 2005, General Motors opted against replacing an ignition switch used in many of its assembly lines because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each unit. This means that for almost a decade, the company was already aware of the defect in their ignition switches, before eventually deciding to recall the affected vehicles.
The Alexander Law firm is currently accepting cases related to the GM ignition switch defect. If you or a loved one has been a victim in an accident involving one of the GM models recalled for the ignition switch defect, contact our firm today and we will evaluate the details of your case.
Our lawyers will work with you with no legal fees or court costs unless you win legal compensation. We have succeeded in handling auto accident cases in the past, winning numerous verdicts and settlements for our clients.
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