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GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Due to Potentially Fatal Defect

GM ignition defect

On February 24, 2014, as reported in a USA Today article, General Motors recalled over 1.6 million vehicles for a potentially fatal defect in their ignition switch system. 

The defect causes the vehicle’s ignition setting to switch from “on” to “off” with slight bumps in the road or even a heavy key chain. When this occurs the vehicles lose all power steering, power brakes and airbags stop functioning.

The affected GM vehicles are:

  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2005-2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ions
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Sky

Disturbingly, it appears the General Motors was well aware of this defect over a decade before it finally took action to recall the vehicles. Recently, amidst congressional investigations and criminal probes, GM filed a document which indicated that they were aware of an “issue with the Saturn Ion ignition switch” in 2001 during pre-production development. Earlier, GM had claimed that they discovered the defect in 2004.

GM has claimed 13 deaths amidst 22 crashes were related to the ignition switch defect. Today, a review of federal crash data commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety reported that in a review of just two models of the reported recalled vehicles 303 deaths are potentially attributable to this deadly defect.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed while operating one of these recalled vehicles, please contact us online or call Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP at 800-829-7037 for a free, confidential consultation with experienced automotive defect attorneys.