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General Motors Lawsuit Lawyers

Contact Matthews & Associates regarding a General Motors Recall Lawsuit if you or a loved one was injured in a recalled GM vehicle. Call us at (888) 923-7001 or contact us for a free legal consultation. Our law firm has handled lawsuits involving GM cars recalled for a faulty ignition switch, but we are also reviewing exploding air bag accidents and other car or truck injury accidents. We are evaluating injury lawsuits against the makers of all cars, including those made by General Motors (GM), Honda (or Takeda), Toyota,  Kia, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Jaguar, Subaru, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, and more.

GM Ignition Switch Defect

General Motors was aware for more than ten years of incidents in which a faulty ignition switch could kill the engine and, in turn, cause catastrophic power failure. Sudden engine failure can also trigger the failure of power brakes and power steering, and consequently cause an accident made worse by the failure of airbags to deploy because of the general power failure. Documents show that GM’s own engineers discovered the potentially deadly ignition problem way back in 2001.

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We may file or settle a claim individually or as part of a group on a case-by-case basis. 

Whether your claim is filed individually or as part of a group fighting the same defendant, our goal is always to provide each of our clients with individual attention.

Recalls Came Late

Several “redesigns” hampered by cost-cutting considerations did not adequately address the ignition switch problem. It was not until February 2014 that GM issued a recall to protect drivers and passengers. By that late date, the flaw may have caused the deaths of some 450 people.

The New York Times reported on March 13, 2014 that 303 people died after airbags failed in the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. The Times referenced a review of accident reports by Friedman Research, a company which analyzes vehicle safety data.

Bloomberg reported that 143 people died due to airbag failures in the Chevy Impala.

Airbag Failure Catastrophic

Adding insult to tragedy, the people in these cars did not die simply because of a crash. They died because not only did a GM car crash; its airbags failed to deploy as a result of the same problem that caused the crash.

GM Learned Ignition Problem 2001

GM’s own documentation indicates that company engineers discovered in 2001 that the ignition of the Saturn Ion could change from “run” to “accessory” or “off” position. Early evidence  indicates a design change GM administered to fix the problem failed.

In 2003, according to GM documents, one of the company’s service technician “observed a stall while driving.” In 2004, GM engineers then encountered the problem again during pre-market Cobalt test drives. Then, after considering the overall cost, effectiveness and the time involved in developing a solution, GM chose to do nothing. It was part of the company’s new business model to just roll the dice and see if, by some beneficent miracle, nobody would ever get hurt or killed by one of its new death cars. (And even if someone – or several people – did indeed get hurt or killed, maybe the survivors would never find out that GM knew well before the fact that it was playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ lives.)

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The 2005 Cobalt, and Beyond

Complaints about the 2005 Cobalt suddenly losing power arrived at GM’s doorstep. By 2007, GM had knowledge of several collisions in which an airbag failed to deploy. GM continued to investigate such crashes right up to its Feb. 2014 recall.

Automobiles Recalled Feb. 2014

  • 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2005-2010 Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2010 Saturn Sky
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2007 Opel GT
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit

Models recalled on June 30, 2014

  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2000-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix.

A separate recall of 554,328 vehicle in the U.S. includes:

  • 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.
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Get Legal Help Now

If you or someone you love was injured by one of these recalled GM cars, contact a GM Recall Lawsuit Attorney now. You may be eligible for damages from GM on several counts:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning abilities
  • Mental anguish
  • Punitive damages

Black Boxes

Several recalled GM  cars are equipped with black boxes, or event data recorders. Owners of these cars who were involved in accidents might be wise to get those black box reports if they can.

No out-of-Pocket Expense

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients never pay any out-of-pocket expense. Our GM Recall Lawsuit attorneys have long represented people injured by defective automobiles, trucks or tires. Matthews & Associates has handled cases for clients across the country who have been injured or killed, or sustained substantial property damage. General Motors’ behavior in ignoring faulty ignition systems for more than a decade prompts our return to this type of litigation.

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