Was Your Car Part of a GM Recall?

defective ignition switches

Since 2014, General Motors Company (GM) has recalled over 17 million automobiles in the United States for various defects. More than two million of these vehicles were recalled due to defective ignition switches. This defect may cause a loss of power to the engine and vehicle, including power steering and brakes. If this happens at high speeds, then a serious crash may result. According to most sources, GM’s defective ignition switch has been linked to hundreds of accidents and 124 deaths. Worse, investigators discovered that GM had known about the defect for years but waited more than a decade to issue a recall. If you suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one due to a vehicle included in a GM recall, then you may have options to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.

The Philadelphia auto defect lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have extensive experience handling product liability lawsuits for clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide. We work closely with accident reconstruction specialists and other industry professionals to help strengthen the merits of your claim. In one case, our attorneys helped a client secure a $55,300,000 jury verdict for a catastrophic injury caused by a defective auto part. In that case, our attorneys demonstrated that the automaker knew of the defect and failed to correct it, similar to the circumstances of the GM ignition switch recall.

Which GM Vehicles Have the Defective Ignition Switch?

The GM recall for defective ignition switches includes the following vehicle models:

  • 2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
  • 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne
  • 2004-2005 Buick Regal LS & GS
  • 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2000-2005 Cadillac Deville
  • 2004-2011 Cadillac DTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2000-2014 Chevrolet Impala
  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Mailbu
  • 2000-2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 2007-2010 Pontiac G5
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2010 Saturn Sky

How Does GM’s Defective Ignition Switch Affect Vehicles?

If your GM automobile has a defective ignition switch, then your car could lose power without warning while you are driving. When you insert your keys into the ignition and turn, three notches help your vehicle determine whether it is in the off, accessory or on position. Investigators have determined that the detent plunger, a tiny metal device affixed with a spring, does not provide enough tension to keep keys in the correct position. Instead, your keys can be knocked from the correct notch, pushing your vehicle from “on” to “accessory mode” while you are driving.

Accessory mode kills power to the engine and the rest of the vehicle. In this mode, your vehicle’s steering, airbags, power brakes and other lifesaving features will not work. Investigators have determined that something as simple as using a heavy keychain or driving on a bumpy road can cause defective GM vehicles to switch to accessory mode.

Additionally, engineers at GM have known about this problem for more than a decade. In 2004, two GM engineers experienced the defect while test driving a Chevrolet Cobalt. One year later, GM began holding meetings about the defect. Instead of issuing a recall, GM sent out Technical Service Bulletins to dealerships with instructions on how to fix the vehicles. Usually, an automaker sends these types of bulletins only when a defect is not a serious safety issue.

Has GM Issued Other Vehicle Recalls?

In addition to defective ignition switches, during 2014 and 2015, GM recalled millions of vehicles in the U.S. for various auto defects that reduce the crashworthiness of affected vehicles and thus may cause serious injuries. These defects include:

  • GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles because they may experience a sudden loss in electric power steering assist. NHTSA has a detailed list of the vehicle models affected by this defect.
  • GM recalled multiple Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Saturn vehicle models over a seatbelt defect. These defective seatbelts cannot properly restrain passengers during a crash, reducing the car’s crashworthiness and causing potentially fatal injuries.
  • GM issued a vehicle recall for several Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn AURA models due to defective shift cables. These defective cables can wear out and fracture, making it impossible to shift gears.
  • GM recalled 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs. The company claims these vehicles have defective passenger side airbags that may only partially deploy during a crash.
  • GM issued a recall for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD models due to generator fuse block defect that may cause fires.

Were You or a Loved One Injured by a Vehicle Included in the GM Recalls?

GM is not the first automaker to conceal a product defect, nor is it likely to be the last. However, even if companies issue recalls or fix defects promptly, they may still be liable for injuries and deaths caused by auto defects. If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a crash involving a GM, then we can help you determine whether a defect is to blame. Damages from an auto defect lawsuit can help pay for hospitals bills, rehabilitation, home modifications, and pain and suffering.

The auto defect lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not owe us fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We offer free initial consultations that can help you determine whether you have legal options to recover damages. To reach out to our attorneys, call (866) 569-3400 or fill our online case review form.