A recent Consent Order filed by NHTSA, stated that on February 7, 2014, GM notified NHTSA that it determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in 619,122 model year (“MY”) 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and MY 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. According to GM’s Part 573 Report, the safety- related defect concerns a condition in which the vehicle’s ignition switch may unintentionally move from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” position resulting in a loss of power.
GM indicated that this risk may be increased if the key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other impact related event. GM also indicated that in some cases, the timing of the ignition switch movement relative to the activation of the sensing algorithm of the crash event may result in the airbags not deploying.
There is a serious risk of accidental death and bodily harm for those still driving around in a car that has been recalled.
If you were injured in any of the following vehicles, you may have a case against GM for pain and suffering, medical expenses and more:
BUICK LACROSSE 2005-2009
BUICK LUCERNE 2006-2011
CADILLAC CTS 2003-2011
CADILLAC DEVILLE 2000-2005
CADILLAC DTS 2006-2011
CADILLAC SRX 2004-2006
CHEVROLET CAMARO 2010-2014
CHEVROLET COBALT 2005-2010
CHEVROLET HHR 2006-2011
CHEVROLET IMPALA 2000-2014
CHEVROLET MALIBU 1997-2005
CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2000-2007
OLDSMOBILE ALERO 1999-2004
OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE 1998-2002
PONTIAC G5 2007-2010
PONTIAC GRAND AM 1999-2005
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2004-2008
PONTIAC SOLSTICE 2006-2010
SATURN ION 2003-2007
SATURN SKY 2007-2010
What if the victim was injured by the airbag?
In addition to claims against GM for faulty ignition switches, some vehicles may also have defective airbags which could deploy with so much force that pieces of metal shoot out and can injure or kill the driver or passengers. Some of these airbags can also deploy with more force than they are designed to and can cause much more serious injuries. When the ignition switch defect is present, the airbag system may even shut off, causing the airbags to fail to deploy in a crash.
A Florida Crashworthiness Attorney can also inspect the vehicle if available and see if there was anything wrong with the vehicle that caused or contributed to the crash. Whether the vehicle failed to perform as designed because of a manufacturing defect or design defect, you may be entitled to compensation if there was any defect which caused injury or death.
GM has allegedly known about this defect for many years and may have hid this from the public through confidential settlements. For more information, contact a GM product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin for a free consultation at 800-337-7755.
Whether you were injured by a faulty airbag or ignition switch in Miami, Key West, Orlando, Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, Pensacola or anywhere in the United States, you may have a claim for personal injuries.