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Ignition Switch Problems that Cause Accidents
As the death toll resulting from GM’s faulty ignition switch rises to 117, more and more victims' family members have begun filing lawsuits against the manufacturer. When ignition switch problems occur in mid-use, it can shut off power to the car, completely disabling the steering and braking mechanisms and causing loss of control.
Alarmingly, there are thousands of cars currently in use that may contain defective ignition switches. Regardless of the make or model of the car you own, all consumers are encouraged to check with their manufacturer or safercar.gov to see if their car is under recall.
Cars that Potentially Have Faulty Ignition Switches
In GM’s case, manufacturer and safety experts have found that when there is a heavy key ring on the key and/or when the car is jarred, such as when hitting a bump, the ignition can slip out of the “run” position and cause the car to lose power in motion. When that happens, the brakes, steering and airbags do not work. The death toll has steadily risen, now topping well over a hundred victims.
Some of the cars involved in the recall include the following.
- 2003 – 2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007 – 2010 Saturn Sky
- 2005 – 2010 Chevy Cobalt
- 2006 – 2011 Chevy Heritage High Roof (HHR)
- 2000 – 2014 Chevy Impala
- 2000 – 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo
- 1997 – 2005 Chevy Malibu
- 2010 – 2014 Chevy Camaro
- 2005 – 2010 Pontiac G5
- 2006 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice
- 1999 – 2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2004 – 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 2005 – 2009 Buick Lacrosse
- 2006 – 2011 Buick Lucerne
- 1998 – 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999 – 2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 2000 – 2005 Cadillac Deville
- 2004 – 2011 Cadillac DTS
- 2003 – 2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2004 – 2006 Cadillac SRX
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises all GM owners to double-check the safety reports for their cars’ make/model. You can GM Customer Engagement Center at 1-800-222-1012 or use the NHTSA's VIN lookup tool on safercar.gov to determine if your vehicle is affected by any safety recalls.
If your car does have a defective ignition switch, the NHTSA advises: “Until the recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that customers remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Always wear your seatbelt.”
Suing the Manufacturer for Damages
What if it’s too late, and either you or your loved one were already in a serious accident caused by a faulty ignition switch? If that’s the case, you will want to assert your rights quickly and hold the manufacturer responsible for the harm you’ve suffered. You can start the process by speaking to a defective ignition switch attorney.
Because manufacturers have a strict legal duty of care to consumers, they can be held liable for the damages their defective products have caused. When you file a lawsuit against a manufacturer, you can recover damages such as the following.
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and lost benefits
- Future treatments
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
- Funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of financial support and other death benefits (in wrongful death cases)
Call the Francis Law Group for Your Defective Ignition Switch Case
Attorney Francis has been helping injured victims recover damages from negligent manufacturers for nearly 20 years. No case is too complex for our team at Francis Law Group in Orlando. We know product liability law inside and out and have the legal skills and fortitude to go head-to-head with even the biggest automakers.
Our goal is to help injured victims or their family members secure the financial restitution they deserve and to help alleviate their stresses during the aftermath of a serious accident. Contact us today at 407-363-9939 for a free consultation with a defective ignition switch lawyer.