In February and in March, General Motors recalled 2.19 million small cars
that had ignition defects. The defect has been linked to 13 deaths and
54 accidents. According to a news report in
USA Today, GM announced on June 16 that they are now recalling 3.16 million midsize
and large cars for the same problem. This new recall was issued only after
GM became aware of eight car accidents that resulted from this defect.
Both recalls involve the same defective ignition components. These defective
ignition switches can suddenly slip from the “run” position
if the driver has a heavy key chain and the vehicle strikes a bump on
the road. When this happens, the engine shuts off and the airbags become
disabled. The GM engineer who oversaw these dangerous switches has been fired.
Instead of replacing the faulty ignition switches, GM is attempting to
fix the problem by filling a spot on the head of the keys to leave only
a small hole for a key ring. GM claims that this is all that is needed
to reduce the leverage on the key thus preventing the ignition from switching
from the run position. All GM owners are urged to remove everything from
their key until they have received the repair.
GM has recalled 17.7 million vehicles in the United States this year alone.
If you are one of the many victims of these defective auto parts, it may
be in your best interest to review your legal rights and options. Victims
of defective and recalled vehicles have the right to pursue support for
their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related
damages. An experienced San Jose auto product liability lawyer can help
injured victims navigate what can be a complex legal process and help
them secure the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve.