Updates on General Motors Vehicle Recalls

2014 has yielded countless automobile recalls for many of the largest auto manufacturing companies in the world. Perhaps the largest and most newsworthy involve the Detroit-based General Motors (GM).
At Jones & Swanson, we represent victims of auto accidents that were caused by vehicle defects, so we’ve kept up with the many GM defects and recalls that have been announced in 2014. Since our last post in July, even more General Motors recalls have been announced.
Of the more than 30 million recalls, the first large recall involved ignition switch defects in many popular GM models. These originally included specific model years of Chevy Cobalt, Chevy HHR, Saturn Ion, and Saturn Sky vehicles. As investigation into these defects continued, more GM-produced models were included in the recalls for ignition switch problems. We have included a list of the GM vehicles affected by ignition switch defects, from the first recall to the most recent:

  • 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2000-2014 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2000-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice
  • 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 2008-2009 Pontiac G8
  • 2007-2010 Saturn Sky
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2002-2004 Saturn Vue
  • 2007-2009 Daewoo G2X
  • 2007 Opel/Vauxhall GT
  • 2008-2010 Opel GT
  • 2005-2009 Buick Allure
  • 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
  • 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville
  • 2007-2011 Cadillac DTS
  • 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero

The specific defects in each of these vehicles may not be the same, but each involves the automobile’s ignition switch. When an automobile’s ignition switch is turned to the off position, it not only shuts the vehicle down, but creates faulty safety systems as well. Anti-lock brakes, power steering, seat belts, and airbags may be disabled during a crash if the vehicle is turned. Each of these features is required by the NHTSA. Without the features, crashes would be much more serious and devastating. Unfortunately, not only did GM design and manufacture products that led to serious injuries and even death, but GM also knew of the problem for years and actively kept that information from owners of the defective vehicles.
Since the ignition switch recalls began, General Motors has been placed under increased scrutiny for automobile defects. So far in 2014 there have been 30,011,637 recalls announced by GM. For a complete list of these GM automobile recalls, visit www.gm.com.
At Jones & Swanson, our attorneys have experience representing victims of auto accidents caused by vehicle defects. The legal process involved in these types of claims are oftentimes much more complex than a typical auto accident injury claim. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a crash that may have been caused by a defective vehicle, contact our office today for a free consultation at (770) 427-5498.