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GM Huge Recall Due To Faulty Ignition

General Motors has made a commitment to repair millions of vehicles that were manufactured with a defective ignition switch. Since the acknowledgment by GM officials, they have recalled 2.6 million vehicles, marking an important step toward calming concerns over the safety of those cars.

The defective ignition switches have become a growing problem for drivers. Once driving, a person with a big key ring and lots of dangling keys, could accidentally hit their keys, thus turning the ignition off as the car is driving. The unsafe ignition has resulted in hundreds of car accidents, leaving many people seriously injured.

According to General Motors, they will send letters this week to inform affected customers that parts are arriving at local dealerships where they can take their car to be repaired at no cost to them. One small issue is that none of these parts have been received as of today, by any of the local dealerships that we called.

General Motors is the nation’s largest automaker and has come under scrutiny for a years-long delay in recalling older-model Chevrolet Cobalt small cars and other vehicles to address the faulty ignition switches. GM admitted that they have been aware of the problem since early 2001.

The recall, which includes 2.3 million cars in the U.S., is connected to 13 deaths and numerous injuries. These numbers really do not even touch the surface of the true accidents that this defective ignition switch has caused.

On Friday, GM began discussions with Kenneth Feinberg over possible compensation for the victims’ families. Feinberg, who was recently retained by GM, is known for leading the compensation fund for survivors of 911 victims. He also oversaw executive compensation at companies that received TARP money.

GM senior staff met with Feinberg “to begin a very thoughtful and careful process to evaluate its options in response to accident victims whose vehicles are being recalled for possible ignition switch defects,” company spokesman Greg Martin said. “We will rely upon Mr. Feinberg’s expertise and objectivity to help us determine the best path forward.”

When asked about the subject during a congressional meeting last week, CEO Mary Barra stressed that GM understands it has “legal obligations as well as moral obligations.”

Also last week, a federal judge delayed a decision on an emergency motion filed by lawyers who are asking the court to force a “park-it” request, which would require GM to tell owners to stop driving the affected vehicles.

GM has been telling owners to drive their cars with no extra items attached to the key. The company said testing was done to ensure that the vehicles are safe to drive without the extra weight.

Some lawmakers pressured Barra to change course and ask drivers to park the cars until they can be repaired. The judge isn’t expected to make a ruling until later this week, by which time many drivers could have repairs completed.

The ignition-switch problem could force keys to inadvertently turn out of the “on” position, causing vehicles to stall and cutting off power to airbags. If a keyring is too heavy, it could very easily turn the car off, even if you are driving on a highway at high speed. This could result in a serious accident, so be careful.

GM initially issued two rounds of recalls covering 1.6 million vehicles worldwide. It later expanded the recall to include vehicles that may have been improperly repaired with defective parts.

In April 2006, a company design engineer approved a proposal by GM’s supplier, Delphi Corp., to alter the ignition switch. But the new ignition switch wasn’t given a new part number, making it difficult to track which vehicles were given the improved part.

The recall covers the following vehicles:
– Chevrolet Cobalt
– Pontiac G5 compact cars Model-years 2005 to 2010
– Saturn Ion plus 2003-2007
– Chevrolet HHR  2006-2011
– Pontiac Pursuit 2005-2006 (Canada)
– Pontiac Solstice 2006-2010
– Saturn Sky 2007-2010

If you or a family member owns any of the recalled vehicles above please make an appointment at your local GM dealership to have the ignition switch replaced. If you or a loved one, had one of these vehicles and was involved in an accident from 2003-2014, contact Graves McLain for a Free legal consultation.

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