In the past month alone, GM has issued a recall for over 1.6 million of its vehicles, claiming defects in the ignition system. Now, GM announces it will recall 1.5 million more.
The ignition system defect has been linked to at least 12 fatal car accidents. Nevertheless, GM has waited nearly a decade to issue the recall. As a result of this recall and the underlying safety issues, Congress will hold hearings on the matter, and GM will likely face a series of lawsuits from the injured victims of the defect.
In an attempt to side step similar issues and stop the damage to tits reputation,General Motors has decided to be more proactive in addressing this new set of problems with their vehicles. The most recent recall includes:
- 2008-2013 Buick Enclave
- 2008-2013 GMC Acadia
- 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook
- 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS
- 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express
- 2009-2014 GMC Savana
The Cadillac XTS vehicles have been recalled due to a loose brake booster pump plug that can generate enough heat to cause a fire. The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles have been recalled because the passenger-side front air bag plastic covers do not meet federal standards of safety. The other vehicles recalled have defective side air bags which may not deploy properly in the event of a car accident.
In addition, GM has set aside $300 million this quarter to pay for repairs to the recalled vehicles.
While this is a positive first step, it still does not excuse GM for its failure to act on knowledge of the ignition system defects over the past decade. Had the auto manufacturer recalled these defective vehicles in a more timely manner, many lives would have been saved.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by one of these defective General Motors vehicles, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Our legal team at Fulgencio Law will work with investigators and accident reconstruction experts who can help determine whether your injuries were caused by one of these vehicle defects. This will give you the edge you need when seeking to maximize the value of your compensation.
Please contact Fulgencio Law today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and surrounding counties.