General Motors Issues Massive Recall for Ignition Defects

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.