Consumer vehicles and commercial trucks are equipped with a variety of safety features to keep drivers as safe as possible behind the wheel. But what happens when your vehicle is manufactured with a defective part? When a car part malfunctions, it can lead to serious and deadly consequences.
This year alone, General Motors has notified consumers and car dealerships of 79 different recalls affecting over 26 million vehicles. Unfortunately, some product recalls happen too late, after many people have already suffered from the manufacturer’s mistakes.
Ignition Switch Recall is one of the Biggest Product Defect Cases for GM
One of the most serious recalls made in 2014 involved the ignition switch found in GM vehicles. This defective part has already been linked to numerous injuries and at least 36 deaths. Over 1.6 million vehicles were recalled in 2014 due to the faulty ignition switch that can easily slip out of position, instantly turning off power to the vehicle.
In some cases, drivers have accidentally hit their keys with their knee while driving, which can cause the defective ignition switch to fall out of place. Once this happens, the car will automatically shut off, which prevents airbags from properly deploying. This obviously puts the driver and passengers at serious risk and in a potentially life-threatening situation.
The following vehicles have been affected by the “defective ignition switch” recall:
- 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
GM Front Seat Belt Recall
GM has also recalled several SUV models due to a defective front seatbelt. A seat belt is your first line of defense during an accident, and it is imperative that all seat belts in a car function properly at all times.
Roughly 1.3 million crossover SUVs were recalled due to these faulty front seat belts. If there is an accident, the front seat belts separate from the vehicle, leaving the driver and front passenger with little protection during an accident. As a result of the seriousness of this recall, GM has ordered all dealers to stop selling these models until all repairs have been made.
The following cars have been affected by the “front seat belt” recall:
- 2009-2014 Buick Enclave
- 2009-2014 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2009-2014 GMC Acadia
- 2009-2014 Saturn Outlook
Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that their products are safe and functional. It is also their responsibility to report any issues or defects quickly and accurately. If you or a loved one have been hurt by a defective vehicle or product, the Product Liability and Personal Injury Lawyers at Daggett Shuler Law will help you hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
At Daggett Shuler Personal Injury & Disability Law Firm, we have experience handling complex car accident and product liability cases. If you or a loved one has been affected by the GM ignition recall or injured in any vehicle accident, we are here to help.
The North Carolina car accident attorneys at Daggett Shuler Law represent individuals who have suffered as a result of negligence. The Attorneys at Daggett Shuler are here to help you navigate through this complicated and often confusing time.
Call Daggett Shuler Injury & Disability attorneys at 336-724-1234 today. We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your situation. If we take your case, it will be on a contingent fee basis this means if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee.
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