Posted By Bartimus Frickleton and Robertson, P.C.
General Motors has announced the recall of 7.6 million additional vehicles sold in the United States. The new recalls are related to a defect in the ignition switch, which can cause the car’s engine to automatically turn off and prevent the airbags from deploying while the vehicle is in motion. The faulty ignition switches have been linked to 54 crashes and at least 13 deaths, and experts say they expect this number to grow. Recalled vehicles include: 2010-2014 Chevy Camaro2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt2006-2011 Chevy HHR2006-2007 Daewoo G2X2006-2007 Opel/Vauxhall GT2008-2010 Opel GT2007-2010 Pontiac G52006-2010 Pontiac Solstice2003-2007 Saturn Ion2006-2011 Saturn Sky It has been reported that GM was aware of the problem since 2001, but failed to implement a nationwide recall until earlier this year. It would have cost GM as little as 57 cents per vehicle to rectify the defect and save hundreds of people from injury. Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe, and to promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers include: Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; andPunitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct. If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving families members may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been affected, please contact the law offices of BFR today.