At least 31 crashes and 13 people have been killed in car accidents linked to an ignition switch defect found in General Motor vehicles. Last month, GM began a recall of 1.6 million cars due to the faulty ignition switch; however reports are proving that GM was aware of the problem years before the recall.
In fact, according to an article found in the USA Today, “Suit alleges second ignition defect in GM recall,” GM knew not only that its ignition switches in recalled cars were faulty, but also knew the problem was made worse by the position of the switch where it was easily bumped.
There has been multiple class action lawsuits filed against General Motors already for car accident injuries resulting from the defective ignition switch. More claims are expected to be filed in the near future.
The lawsuits allege that a faulty ignition switch caused drivers to lose control of their vehicle and henceforth, resulted in a car accident causing serious injury or death to both drivers and passengers.
Vehicles recalled for the switch issue include the 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2006 to 2007 HHR, 2006 to 2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 G5 and the 2003 to 2007 Saturn lon and 2007 Sky.
While driver error is the most common cause of an auto accident, there are still situations in which an auto defect was a cause or major contributing factor to a car accident. When serious injury or death results from the defective condition on a car, it can give rise to a products liability lawsuit.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our auto accident lawyers in Michigan are actively representing victims and their families who have suffered significant injuries or death as a result of car accident caused by a defective motor vehicle.
Although car companies always promote the safety of their automobiles, the simple truth is that many cars are either designed improperly or built defectively before sold to consumers. By federal law, automakers have five days to report a defect to the government, however it is reported that General Motors was aware of this issue as far back as 2001.
If a defective vehicle is not recalled or repaired prior to a Michigan auto accident, the driver or passengers injured in the crash may have means to file a claim against the automaker. For more information about your rights after a car accident with a defective automobile, call our award winning law firm today at (800) 606-1717. Our Michigan auto accident lawyers will advise you on your legal rights and answer any questions that you may have regarding your case. We have significant experience handling these types of claims and have helped thousands of clients obtain the maximum settlement. We can do the same for you. Call today for your Free, No Obligation Case Review!