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GM Hit with Personal Injury Lawsuit After Major Vehicle Recall

Proposed Personal Injury Class Action Lawsuit Against GM Related to Deaths and Delayed Major Vehicle Recall

vehicle recallOn Friday, March 14th, General Motors (GM) was hit with two personal injury/wrongful death lawsuits related to their recent major vehicle recall.

The lawsuits are part of a proposed class action against the vehicle manufacturer for serious delays in the vehicle recall. Last month, when the first part of the ignition switch vehicle recall was issued, GM acknowledged that it knew about at least 13 deaths related to crashes. When the recall was recently expanded to 1.4 million vehicles, GM added that 31 people had been injured due to crashes directly caused by the ignition problem. Despite knowing about the ignition switch problem, the automobile manufacturer did not issue a vehicle recall for its 2005 model cars until this year – 2014.

The proposed personal injury class action was filed in a federal court in Texas, and claims that GM knew about the problem since 2004. This created “unreasonably dangerous” conditions for drivers.

“GM’s mishandling of the ignition switch defect….has adversely affected the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of safe, reliable vehicles with high resale value,” the lawsuit said.

Not only does GM face its own internal probe and this potential personal injury class action lawsuit, the company also faces criminal and civil investigations from the federal government because of the long-delayed vehicle recall.

The plaintiffs in the personal injury/wrongful death class action lawsuit, Daryl and Maria Brandt, said they own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, one of the two models affected by the GM vehicle recall.

In similar litigation, the families of two girls who died in car crashes in 2006 may file lawsuits against GM as part of a larger suit claiming that GM hid information about the potential ignition and airbag problems from federal regulators during their 2009 bankruptcy case.

The families of Natasha Weigel, 18, and Amy Rademaker, 15, are members of a personal injury lawsuit that could be filed as early as Monday, March 17th. These personal injury/wrongful death lawsuits will be the first to test GM’s “immunity,” which was granted when government-funded bankruptcy allowed it to dismiss old claims and lawsuits.

The models under vehicle recall Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005-07 model years; 2003-07 Saturn Ions, 2006-07 Chevrolet HHRs and Pontiac Solstices; and 2007 Saturn Sky and Pontiac G5 models. The company is officially recalling 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Defective Products and Vehicle Recall Cases

To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers.

If you have experienced a problem with a defective product in your automobile, especially if a defective part has led to an auto accident or personal injury, and a proper vehicle recall notice has not been issued, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We can help you with complicated auto insurance claims, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve to help you with lost income and medical bills. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, and New York. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today at (803) 252-4800.

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