GM Recall Lawsuits
General Motors Recalls Millions of Cars and Trucks: Risk of Death and Serious Injury
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified to Congress that she did not did know why the largest U.S. automaker took years to recall deadly faulty ignition switches in millions of vehicles.
General Motors recalled over 2.6 million vehicles for many different safety issues. The ignition defect causes the car to switch to "accessory" mode and shuts down the engine, causing the vehicle to lose power, even while still driving! The consequences can be deadly. GM also admitted that the airbags can fail to deploy due to this loss of power, resulting in many fatal accidents and serious injuries.
Vehicles with Faulty Ignition Switches on the Recall List
2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
2007-2010 Pontiac G5
2006-20010 Pontiac Solstice
2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2006-2010 Saturn Sky
Loss of Power While Driving
Independent as well as internal investigations into Cars and Trucks on the Recall list found that something as simple as a heavy key chain or a uneven roads can cause the vehicle to lose all engine and electrical power. While the ignition is in this "accessory" setting, the driver's ability to control the vehicle is severely limited, as power steering and power brakes fail. The investigations also showed that the defective ignition switch can prevent the air bags from deploying.
Cover-up: General Motors Delayed Ignition Switch Recalls
Engineers at General Motors knew about this problem for over a decade. Per news reports as early as 2005, a GM engineer experienced the defect while test driving a Chevrolet Cobalt. General Motors sent out "Technical Service Bulletins" to dealers with instructions to fix the vehicle. "Technical Service Bulletins" are typically issued on non serious issues. To fix the problem would have cost 57 cents per car. General Motors has publicly acknowledged that dozens of accidents have occurred and over a dozen people have been killed as a result of this defect. The Center for Auto Safety, a watchdog group, believes the recalled vehicles have caused over 300 deaths.
Additional General Motors Recalls
In addition to the faulty ignition switches, General Motors has recalled another 1.3 million vehicles that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist which can lead to issues with side airbag deployment and possible engine fires.
Vehicles Implicated in these Recalls include:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009 Chevrolet Malibu
2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2008-2009 Saturn Aura
2004-2007 Saturn ION
2005, 2006, 2008, & 2009 Pontiac G6