Authored by Chris Schroeder
In February and March of this year, General Motors announced a massive recall of nearly 2.6 million vehicles due to defective ignition switches. These cars, including certain Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn models, can shut off unexpectedly while being driven, which can disable engine power and steering, brake and airbag functions.
Recent reports have suggested thousands of people may have suffered injury from these defects, and GM knew of the problems for over a decade without making any corrections. Those injured have already begun filing lawsuits.
Now, lawyers are also helping those who lost value in their vehicle due to the recall or those who have been unable or afraid to drive them as a result. If you were affected, you may qualify to join a GM recall class action lawsuit.
The GM recall class action lawsuit is planned for several states and will seek to recover damages suffered by owners of the recalled GM vehicles, even if they weren’t involved in an accident.
The vehicles included in the February 2014 recall for defective ignition switches are:
GM is offering free repair to owners of these vehicles as well as loaner vehicles and credits towards new GM cars. However, they have not offered to reimburse them for the lost value of their cars or the damages suffered from not being able to drive them.
If you own a Pontiac, Chevy or Saturn that was included in the ignition recall, it is important to speak with or a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation from a GM recall class action lawsuit even if you weren’t injured. Contact us today.
The GM ignition recall is meant to repair defective ignition switches that can turn to the “accessory” or “off” position while the vehicles are being driven. Unlike normal switches, these faulty ones can be disabled if they are bumped or if a driver has too much weight on a key ring.
When a car’s ignition is turned off, it loses engine power that helps accelerate out of dangerous situations. Also, the power steering, power brakes and airbags are disabled, which can make it much harder to control and more dangerous in the case of an accident.
GM has claimed that only 31 accidents were caused by the defective ignitions. However, the Center for Auto Safety has reported thousands of accidents and at least 303 deaths may have actually occurred.
Therefore, it is likely the value of these cars will drop even after they are repaired, and many owners will have a reasonable fear of driving them.
For those suffering economic loss, a GM recall class action lawsuit may help them recover damages.
Lawyers have already begun filing these class action lawsuits in Texas, California and Oklahoma, and are looking for class representatives who were affected by the recall. However, there is a limited amount of time to take action.
If you received a recall notice for your Pontiac, Saturn or Chevy car, or have learned that it is included, it is important that you not sign anything before speaking with a lawyer. It costs nothing to discuss your case or file a claim unless you receive compensation.
Due to the complex nature of these cases, the resource center only recommends lawyers who specialize in GM recall lawsuits or defective vehicle litigation.
For more information on the GM recall, which vehicles are affected, legal news, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to help.