General Motors (GM) Recall
GM Ignition Recall Tops List of 54 Different General Motors Recalls in 2014
In 2014, General Motors issued 54 different safety alerts recalling roughly 28.9 million cars—more cars than GM sold between 2005 and 2013 combined.
GM initiated these recalls due to safety problems as diverse as:
- Defective seat belts – 1,176,407 vehicles
- Failing airbags – 2,190,934 vehicles
- Faulty circuitry – 2,440,524 vehicles
But one defect has topped all others in grabbing the headlines: the GM ignition recall in February 2014. The February recall applies to cars with faulty ignition units that can suddenly cut off power to the engine, power steering, and power brakes. In addition to increasing the risk of crash, the defect may also cause airbags to fail to deploy in such an accident.
In June 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report admitting its failure to investigate these defects. The report stated that “GM withheld critical information about engineering changes that would have allowed NHTSA to more quickly identify the defect,” and that GM may have known about the defect as early as 2001. Individuals nationwide are continuing to receive compensation in lawsuits against GM related to this recall.
Cars Affected by the GM Ignition Recall
While GM claims that between 3 and 11 people have died as a result of this defect, victims’ advocates assert that figure is closer to 165, with many more suffering non-fatal injuries, according to the Associated Press.
Cars affected by the recall include:
- Chevy Cobalt Recall: 2005-2010
- Chevy HHR Recall: 2006-2011
- Daewoo G2X Recall: 2007-2009
- Opel GT Recall: 2007
- Pontiac G4 Recall: 2005-2006
- Pontiac G5 Recall: 2007-2010
- Pontiac Pursuit Recall: 2005-2006
- Pontiac Solstice Recall: 2006-2010
- Saturn Ion Recall: 2003-2007
- Saturn Sky Recall: 2007-2010
GM Settlement Funding: Claim Information & Strategy
Earlier this year, GM created a sizable settlement fund to compensate victims of the defective ignition unit. For example, the administrator of the GM Settlement Fund, Kenneth Feinberg, stated that in one crash where a 10 year-old girl had been rendered paraplegic, the victim’s family could expect to receive $10 million from the fund. GM has stated that there will be no limit on the total amount of payments made through the fund.
GM has, however, put several barriers between victims and their right to compensation that will effectively require claimants to “win” their case before they can settle it.
Among other things, claimants must prove:
- The existence of a defect
- That the defect “proximately caused” their injuries
- The extent of their injuries
With so many elements to prove, claimants may need qualified legal counsel on their side and help with documenting and submitting proof, interpreting the complex payment formula, and pressing every advantage in stating their case. Our team at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. can help you. Contact our Houston personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.
Taking Legal Action: Call Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P.
Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. is here to help. Our lead attorney on auto recall negotiation, Rand Nolen, has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Mr. Nolen has personally handled over 140 cases of serious injury from vehicles recalled by GM, Ford and Chrysler, and is dedicated to helping victims of this recall epidemic to receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
Receive a free case consultation: If you or someone you love has been injured by a recalled GM vehicle, contact our GM recall attorneys today at (713) 621-7944.