In 2014, General Motors recalled 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles because of faulty ignition switches. Little did we know at the time that it was the beginning of a long series of GM recall lawsuits. A current GM recall lawsuit can happen for two reasons:
Although we hear daily about various vehicle recalls, the GM recall involves over 28.5 million vehicles worldwide. Most recently, the manufacturer recalled over 7.6 million cars in the United States.
One way to know if your car is subject to a GM recall is to visit the online GM Recall Center. You can enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if there are any associated recalls. Alternately, you could call your local GM dealership, or the toll-free number associated with the make of your car.
The biggest GM recall has to do with faulty ignition switches. The vehicles associated with the ignition switch recall are:
The danger associated with these vehicles that the weight of even a heavy keychain could cause the ignition switch to accidentally turn off. That would disable components vital to the car’s functioning, and the driver could lose control of the power steering. Also, if there were a crash, the airbags might not deploy.
It was reported in the news media that GM was aware of the ignition switch problems but didn’t issue the recall immediately. The company later acknowledged that the defect was linked to 31 collisions and 13 fatalities.
Following the issue with the ignition switches, there were more GM recalls—this time, 500 pickup trucks and SUVs—because the tie rods were improperly attached to their steering racks. This recall affected the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 GMC Sierra and 2015 Chevy Tahoe.
The hazard associated with this vehicle recall is that there could be a loss of steering control that could cause a crash. This GM recall, issued in May 2014, led the company to advise owners not to drive those vehicles until a GM car dealership had inspected them.
There is not one GM recall lawsuit in the courts right now — there are dozens. GM vehicle owners are going to court because the manufacturer allegedly knew about the ignition switch defect and hid the problem for years before a recall was issued. Now that the public is aware of these issues, GM vehicles are worth much less in resale value than they would have been if it hadn’t been for all of the defects, even after they have been repaired. So, even though GM paid for the vehicles to be fixed, the GM recall lawsuits are being brought in order to compensate owners for the vehicles’ decreased value.
You could be eligible for compensation based on the decreased value of your vehicle if it can be shown to be the result of one of the defects that is the subject to one of the GM recalls. Further, if you have been injured in any way from a vehicle defect that turned out to be the subject of a GM recall, you could recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering or a loved one’s wrongful death.
If you suspect that you have suffered injuries, either personal or financial, that are a result of either a GM vehicle defect or a GM recall, contact McIntyre Law today. We have an experienced team of attorneys who are available to take your case, and we’ll work hard to get the compensation to which you are entitled. You don’t have to suffer alone, and you shouldn’t lose money on the resale of your car because of someone else’s mistakes.