General Motors Lawsuit Lawyers

Contact Matthews & Cobalt 2010 for webAssociates regarding a General Motors Recall Lawsuit if you or a loved one was injured in a recalled GM vehicle. Call or email us for a free legal consultation. Our law firm has handled lawsuits involving GM cars recalled for a faulty ignition switch, but we are also reviewing exploding air bag accidents and other car or truck injury accidents. We are evaluating injury lawsuits against the makers of all cars, including those made by General Motors (GM), Honda (or Takeda), Toyota,  Kia, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Jaguar, Subaru, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, and more.

GM Ignition Switch Defect

General Motors was aware for more than ten years of incidents in which a faulty ignition switch could kill the engine and, in turn, cause catastrophic power failure. Sudden engine failure can also trigger the failure of power brakes and power steering, and consequently cause an accident made worse by the failure of airbags to deploy because of the general power failure. Documents show that GM’s own engineers discovered the potentially deadly ignition problem way back in 2001.

Recalls came Late

Several “redesigns” hampered by cost-cutting considerations did not adequately address the ignition switch problem. It was not until February 2014 that GM issued a recall to protect drivers and passengers. By that late date, the flaw may have caused the deaths of some 450 people.

The New York Times reported on March 13, 2014 that 303 people died after airbags failed in the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. The Times referenced a review of accident reports by Friedman Research, a company which analyzes vehicle safety data.

Bloomberg reported that 143 people died due to airbag failures in the Chevy Impala.

Airbag Failure Catastrophic

Adding insult to tragedy, the people in these cars did not die simply because of a crash. They died because not only did a GM car crash; its airbags failed to deploy as a result of the same problem that caused the crash.

GM Learned Ignition Problem 2001

GM’s own documentation indicates that company engineers discovered in 2001 that the ignition of the Saturn Ion could change from “run” to “accessory” or “off” position. Early evidence  indicates a design change GM administered to fix the problem failed.

In 2003, according to GM documents, one of the company’s service technician “observed a stall while driving.” In 2004, GM engineers then encountered the problem again during pre-market Cobalt test drives. Then, after considering the overall cost, effectiveness and the time involved in developing a solution, GM chose to do nothing. It was part of the company’s new business model to just roll the dice and see if, by some beneficent miracle, nobody would ever get hurt or killed by one of its new death cars. (And even if someone – or several people – did indeed get hurt or killed, maybe the survivors would never find out that GM knew well before the fact that it was playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ lives.)

The 2005 Cobalt, and Beyond

Complaints about the 2005 Cobalt suddenly losing power arrived at GM’s doorstep. By 2007, GM had knowledge of several collisions in which an airbag failed to deploy. GM continued to investigate such crashes right up to its Feb. 2014 recall.

Automobiles Recalled Feb. 2014

•   2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
•   2005-2010 Pontiac G5
•   2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
•   2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
•   2006-2010 Saturn Sky
•   2003-2007 Saturn Ion
•   2007 Opel GT
•   2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit

Models recalled on June 30, 2014

•  1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
•  1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
•  1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
•  1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
•  2000-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
•  2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
•  2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.

A separate recall of 554,328 vehicle in the U.S. includes:

•  2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
•  2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.

Get Legal Help Now

If you or someone you love was injured by one of these recalled GM cars, contact a GM Recall Lawsuit Attorney now. You may be eligible for damages from GM on several counts:

Physical pain and suffering
Medical expenses
Past and future loss of earnings and earning abilities
Mental anguish
Punitive damages

Black Boxes

Several recalled GM  cars are equipped with black boxes, or event data recorders. Owners of these cars who were involved in accidents might be wise to get those black box reports if they can.

No out-of-Pocket Expense

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients never pay any out-of-pocket expense. Our GM Recall Lawsuit attorneys have long represented people injured by defective automobiles, trucks or tires. Matthews & Associates has handled cases for clients across the country who have been injured or killed, or sustained substantial property damage. General Motors’ behavior in ignoring faulty ignition systems for more than a decade prompts our return to this type of litigation.

Related News:

GM Recall Lawsuit Filed in California

A lawsuit against GM was filed in San Francisco on April 7 by lawyers representing 13 car owners in 9 states. The car owners’ attorneys are seeking class-action status for these lawsuits. In the United States, GM has recalled some 1.4 million vehicles for a faulty ignition switch that can lead to catastrophe.

Attorneys charge in the complaint that GM’s conduct regarding its defective key system leaves the automaker liable for damages, as does the company’s ongoing efforts to mislead GM car owners and cover-up the problem.

(Related: CNN Money: Recall Nightmare)

One of the attorneys represented the family of a Georgia woman killed in a 2010 ignition switch-triggered accident. In September, 2013, months before GM announced the recall, that suit reached settlement. The family’s suit over the woman’s death was one of the first to ignite the ignition switch issue.

In a Fortune 500 article, GM refused to comment on the pending litigation. The automaker did say, however, that it is “ensuring the safety and peace of mind of our customers involved in the recall and fixing their vehicles.”

Related: Recall isn’t GM’s biggest problem

Related: Vehicles with Event Data Recorder

GM Engineers knew Ignition Switch Problem

GM inside documents show Malibu 2006that its engineers knew of  ignition switch problems ten years ago, in 2004.  Nevertheless, America’s biggest automaker did not order any recall until  February 2014. The lawsuit filed in Calif. charges evidence of ignition switch problems dates back to 2001.

The suit  also charges that ignition issues continued to be defective on cars built as late as 2010. GM’s only recall to the date of this suit was for Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5’s, Saturn Ions, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky’s, through 2007, along with Chevrolet’s HHR model through 2006. Several more cars have been recalled since that time, though the automaker has thus far stated that it will pay for only a select short list of recalled cars it admits have the ignition switch problem.

CNN Money: GM’s recall cost of $300 million plus

GM said it plans to start replacing faulty ignition systems in April, but the suit charges that, “To fully remedy the problem and render the defective vehicles safe…additional design elements beyond a new ignition switch are needed.”

The complaint also seeks compensation for car owners whom the lawsuit says have been harmed by a reduced value of their cars.

Free Legal Consultation

For a free legal consultation concerning a GM recall lawsuit, contact a GM Recall Lawsuit Attorney for a free legal consultation. See a complete list of 2014 GM Recalls.

GM Ignition Compensation

Feinberg announces:

GM Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility

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Total GM Recalls as of August 2014 

Buick

•  LaCrosse  2014:  brake installation
•  LaCrosse  2005-2009:  ignition switch
•  Lucerne  2006-2011: ignition  switch
•  Regal LS/GS  2004-2005: ignition switch

Cadillac

•  CTS  2013-2014: windshield wipers
•  CTS  2003-2014: faulty ignition switch
•  Deville  2000-2005: faulty ignition switch
•  DTS  2004-2011: ignition switch
•  SRX  2004-2006: ignition switch
•  SRX  2013: transmission

Chevrolet

•  Aveo  2004-2008: instrument panel fire risk  (pdf)
•  Cobalt  2005-2010: ignition switch/lock cylinder
•  Camaro  2010-14:  ignition switch
•  Corvette  2005-2007:  electrical
•  HHR  2006-2011: ignition switch/lock cylinder
•  Impala  2000-2014:  ignition switch
•  Malibu  1997-2005:  ignition switch
•  Malibu  2004:  brake lights
•  Malibu 2014:  brakes
•  Malibu  2008-2010:  transmission
•  Malibu Maxx  2004:  brake lights
•  Monte Carlo  2004-2008:  ignition switch
•  Silverado  2014:  suspension
•  Silverado HD  2015:  fuel leak
•  Tahoe  2015:  suspension part

Daewoo

•  G2X  2007-2009: ignition switch

GMC

•  Sierra  2014:  suspension part
•  Sierra HD  2015:  fuel leak

Oldsmobile

•  Alero  1999-2004:  ignition switch
•  Intrigue  1998-2002:  ignition switch

Opel / Vauxhall

•  GT  2007-2010: ignition switch

Pontiac

•  G4  2005-2006:  ignition switch
•  G5  2007-2010:  ignition switch
•  G6  2005-2010: brake lights
•  G6  2007-2010:  lock cylinder
•  G6  2008-2010:  transmission
•  Grand Am  1999-2005:  ignition switch
•  Grand Prix  2004-2008:  ignition switch
•  Solstice  2006-2010:  ignition switch/lock cylinder

Saturn

•  Aura  2007-2010:  brake lights/transmission
•  Ion  2003-2007:  ignition switch/lock cylinder
•  Sky  2007-2010:  ignition switch/lock cylinder

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