Following a series of crashes and fatalities, General Motors recently announced the recall of 1.4 million cars to repair an ignition switch problem. Certain Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars are affected by the ignition switch defect, which causes the key to unintentionally switch from the “run” position under certain circumstances. Drivers have indicated that the problem most frequently occurs when the car hits a bump while driving or if a keychain is too heavy. When the key is switched during the car’s operation, an engine shutdown can occur resulting in loss of the power steering, brakes, airbag functions and the entire safety system.
General Motors has attributed at least 31 crashes and 13 deaths to the ignition switch problem. Testimony obtained during a civil lawsuit against General Motors indicated that the car manufacturer knew as early as 2004 about the ignition switch defect in its Chevrolet Cobalt line of vehicles. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York has begun a criminal probe into GM’s recall.
The following vehicles are included in this latest General Motors recall:
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving one of these vehicles, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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