As you may be aware, General Motors has recalled several of their models because the ignition switch may move from the “on” or “run” position causing the engine to lose power.
According to GM, the risk of an engine shut-down increases if the driver’s key ring has additional keys besides the key fob on the key ring. The engine can also shut off if a driver is driving on rough roads.
Imagine how frightening it must be for motorists speeding down the highway to have their engine shut off.
One of the other risks of this defect is that the airbags may not deploy in a car accident.
GM says the ignition switch problem is linked to 31 car accidents and 12 deaths in the U.S. and one fatal car accident in Canada.
In all, nearly 2.5 million vehicles have been recalled including:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
- 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles
- 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5
- 2008-2010 Saturn Sky
- 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.
U.S. Senator Richard Bllumenthal has started a petition asking GM “ground” or refrain driving driving any vehicle on the recalled list until the ignition switch has been replaced saying that the vehicles pose a safety hazard.
Some drivers are opting to drive their vehicle with no ignition keys attached.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed against GM due to the defective ignition switch.
The Farber Law Group is available to answer your legal questions if your car accident was caused by a defect in your vehicle. The Farber Law Group has more than 40 years experience in complex civil litigation and works to obtain settlements on behalf of individuals who were harmed by large corporations.