General Motors (GM) made headlines yet again at the end of June when the automotive manufacturer announced another recall on 8.2 million vehicles due to potentially dangerous and defective ignition switches. A company spokesperson announced that the defect could cause the vehicles to suddenly lose power, which can disable numerous safety features and cause drivers to lose control. Similar defects in the Chevy Cobalt, 2.6 million of which were previously recalled earlier this year, were associated with at least 54 reported accidents, 13 fatalities, and possibly more of both.
Since the initial discovery of the Cobalt defects, GM has conducted an internal investigation into its safety procedures. The investigation has led to the dismissal of 15 employees who were suspected of covering up the ignition switch problems. Investigators have also uncovered numerous other defects in GM’s products that should have been discovered in regular inspections. These recent discoveries have caused GM to recall an unprecedented number of vehicles since February 2014. With the latest recall announcement, the recall totals are over 29 million cars, and even more are expected to be announced in the future.
Which Vehicles are Recalled This Time?
The most recent recalls include the following makes and models:
- 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
- 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
Additionally, Chrysler announced that it too would recall nearly 700,000 vehicles due to similar concerns regarding ignition switch defects. Those vehicles recalled are as follows:
- 2009-2010 Dodge Journey
- 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
- 2008-2010 Chrysler Town & Country
If you believe that your vehicle may be affected by a GM recall, you should visit the online recall center for information on how to proceed. If you have already been involved in an accident due to a recall, you should contact an attorney to see how you can recover for any accident-related losses.
Contact an Attorney Today
If you have suffered injury in an accident due to a dangerous defect on a GM vehicle, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from the corporation. The product liability attorneys at Lopez McHugh, LLP have experience handling cases against corporate giants such as GM. Even though filing a lawsuit against a large company may seem intimidating for many people, an experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and stand up for your rights and best interests. Contact our office today at (877) 737-8525 to schedule a free consultation.