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General Motors Faulty Ignition Switch Recall

Steve Wagner

General Motors has added to a previous recall, bringing the total of recalled cars up to 842,000 after several deaths and injuries have occurred in cars with faulty ignition switches.

Many are criticizing GM, stating that they knew about the issues long before a recall was made, and that people died needlessly while GM made feeble attempts to patch up the issues without really fixing the problem. According to tests, the ignition switches on several models were faulty and would flip into the off position if the car encountered rough roads, or if the key ring was too heavy. This caused the power systems in the car to fail, and resulted in airbags that didn’t deploy during accidents.

Between 2004 and 2007, GM made attempts to “fix” the issue with a key insert, hoping it would prevent the ignition system from failing. However, failed distribution efforts resulted in only 474 vehicle owners receiving the key inserts.

Since the release of these cars, the faulty ignitions have been linked to 31 crashes, and 13 front-seat deaths. Information is not available on whether or not the ignition switches actually caused the accidents, or if the people involved were killed as a result of a faulty airbag.

You can visit the GM owner website to see if your car is included in the recall. The vehicles that are now included in the recall are:

  • 2005 – 2007 Chevrolet Cobalts
  • 2005 – 2007 Pontiac G5s
  • 2003 – 2007 Saturn Ion compacts
  • 2006 – 2007 Chevrolet HHR SUVs
  • 2006 – 2007 Pontiac Solstice sports cars
  • 2006 – 2007 Saturn Sky sports cars

If you or someone you know suffered an injury or death in one of these cars, give the product liability lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today. We have decades of experience in handling product liability cases just like this one. In conjunction with our expertise of car accident lawsuits, you won’t find a better firm to represent you for your injury.

Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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