Now Up to 29 Million GM Vehicles Recalled

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During the first quarter of 2014, General Motors sent shockwaves across Wall Street when it recalled more than one million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch. The company only decided to issue the recall after at least 13 deaths were linked to the problem. That the company knew of the problem for many years became quickly evident. Injured occupants and their families blamed GM’s decade of inaction for accidents that could have been averted had the company acted sooner. At the time, however, nobody knew how widespread and ingrained the defects really were.

The initial findings about the faulty ignition switch sparked a federal investigation that lead to 54 recalls in 2014. During the ignition switch probe, other serious safety hazards have come to light, including airbag deployment failure, loss of power steering and electrical problems. These auto part defects may be responsible for substantially more serious injuries and fatalities than initially reported. In fact, during a congressional subcommittee hearing, some members of Congress estimated that the defects caused almost 100 deaths.

To date, GM has recalled 29 million vehicles. To put this number into perspective, a financial writer for Money Morning reports that GM sold approximately 2.8 million automobiles in 2013. Therefore, the number of cars and trucks recalled in the past six months represents a full decade of GM production.

Vehicle models currently subject to recall include:

  • 2003-2007 Saturn ION
  • 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007-2010 Saturn Sky

If you own a GM vehicle, take action to protect yourself and your family. You can check whether your car or truck has been recalled through the GM online system. The site also provides a searchable database of authorized dealers in your area that can perform the necessary repairs. GM suggests removing everything from your keychain until you have had the work completed.

The auto manufacturer is offering compensation to injury victims and families through its GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility. Once you accept the compensation, you waive your right to sue the company for further damages. Before agreeing to compensation, speak to a qualified attorney who can explain your rights and advise you on your next steps and options.

Topics:  Automobile Recall, General Motors

Published In: Civil Remedies Updates, Consumer Protection Updates, Products Liability Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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