As technology advances, so does the equipment within our motor vehicles.
These automotive technologies, such as power steering and airbag sensors,
offer a higher safety level than vehicles did prior to these tools. Unfortunately,
automobiles frequently experience manufacturing complications in these
safety features after they have been sold on the market. In the event
of automobile defects, manufacturers are required to alert the general
public so that appropriate steps can be taken to prevent injuries or deaths
as a result of these deficiencies.
The automotive giant General Motors, or GM, recently announced a recall
of 1.37 million automobiles in the United States due to defects in their
design. The defect involves the engine turning off unexpectedly when sudden
movements or road conditions cause the ignition switch to come out of
the run position. This poses a danger not simply because the vehicle is
no longer running, but due to what a lack of power and electricity may
mean for safety features within the vehicle. If a key is not in the on
position in these vehicles, it can lead to faulty airbag deployment.
Air bag defects often lead to serious injuries and even death. Thus far, reports have
surfaced of more than 30 automobile crashes as a result of the
automobile defect, as well as 13 deaths.
The automobiles included in this recall are:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit
- 2007 Pontiac G5
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2007 Saturn Sky
- 2007 Opel/Vauxhall GT
- 2007 Daewoo G2X
GM is said to be in the process of contacting owners of the affected vehicles.
If you believe you are one of those in danger from this recall you should
transport your vehicle to the nearest dealership to have the switch replaced
free of charge. Until the replacement can be made, however, the company
is urging drivers to drive with only the ignition key and no others attached
to a key ring hanging from the ignition, as that increases the risk of
unexpected shut offs. You can also input your vehicle's VIN on the
General Motors website to determine if it is included in the recall.
In the event of a crash leaving victims with injuries as a result of a
defective automotive part, an experienced injury attorney will attempt
to prove negligence on the part of the manufacturer. First, it must be
determined what the official cause of the crash was, which oftentimes
requires an expert. Then it is important for the attorney to determine
whether the cause was the fault of a manufacturing error. The overall
process for gaining compensation for injuries from a crash such as this
is complex, so it is important to contact a law firm with experience and
connections to experts. For more information or to consult with an attorney
for free, call (770) 427-5498 of fill out our contact form on