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GM Recalls 1.6 million Vehicles Due to Faulty Ignition Switch

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Seeger Weiss is investigating claims for a class action suit against General Motors (“GM”) after the automaker recalled more than 1.6 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches.  GM CEO, Mary Barra, recently stated that GM did not act swiftly on the ignition switch problem that is blamed for 12 deaths in 31 crashes.

The vehicles affected by the recall include:

  • 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-07 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn Sky

GM’s internal records show the ignition switch problem was first noticed in 2001, again in 2003, and yet again in 2004.  Yet despite knowledge of the problem, GM concealed the information from the public and continued to sell thousands of vehicles that were prone to failure and posed safety risks.  Moreover, it took over ten years before the company issued a public recall.

Barra acknowledge that “[c]learly this took too long,” but that GM would not assume liability for the ignition switch failures.  GM claims that “new GM” did not assume liabilities of “old GM” after old GM filed for bankruptcy in 2009 as a result of the bailout.

It is alleged that GM’s key system fails under normal driving conditions.  The switches can move unexpectedly from “run” to “accessory,” which could stall the engine – a potentially dangerous situation, especially when the car is in motion on the road.  Furthermore, the failure could disable important safety components, like airbags.

It is further alleged that not only was GM aware of the key system problem for approximately ten years before issuing a recall, but also that GM had an opportunity to correct the defect with a new design, which would cost less than one dollar per vehicle.  GM, however, rejected the new design proposal.  Instead, they concealed the problem from the public and continued to sell vehicles that contained the key system design flaw.

Seeger Weiss asks that owners of these GM vehicles contact us if you have experienced the ignition switch failures mentioned above.  All initial attorney consultations are free of charge.

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