***GM LITIGATION NEWS UPDATE***
On September 9, 2016, General Motors announce another massive recall, this time to replace defective airbag software and seatbelts.  GM has stated that the defect can cause front airbags not to deploy during accidents, and seat belts may similarly not function properly.  This defect has already been allegedly linked to one fatality, and follows previous recalls related to the ignition switch which have been linked to hundreds of deaths and thousands of accidents.
Slater Slater Schulman LLP is evaluating accidents that are alleged to have been caused by defective / recalled General Motors models. This latest round of recalls involves the following cars:
If you or someone you love has been injured in a GM accident and you believe it may have been caused by one or more of these recall issues, contact us today at (800) 251-6990 for a free consultation.
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Slater Slater Schulman LLP is currently representing victims of Defective GM Ignition Switches nationwide resulting from accidents caused by recalled General Motors vehicles. Recent allegations and admissions by General Motors show that GM knowingly failed to recall defective ignition switches from over twenty of its models, resulting in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. This ignition switch defect made it possible that the car’s engine and electrical system to shut off while in use, which would in turn disable the air bags, power steering and power brakes while victims were driving.

GM was aware of this defect for over a decade and failed to inform government safety regulators and the public. Despite GM’s initial claim when it initiated the recall of its vehicles in 2014 that there were thirteen deaths attributed to its faulty ignitions, that number of fatalaties has dramatically increased (to approximately 200 and possibly much larger), and the defect has been implicated in the deaths and serious injuries to thousands of individuals where the front air bags did not deploy. Amazingly, it has reported that GM could have fixed the defective switch for less than one dollar per vehicle.

GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits

There have been hundreds of recalls for defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles. It became clear just how dangerous these vehicles were as more and more owners complained of their car engines shutting off while driving.

Finally in early 2014, GM started announcing recalls (see the expanded list below) of countless of its models that were affected by this defect. General Motors provides “official” information about these recalls on the website, http://www.gmignitionupdate.com. To date, over two million GM cars manufactured over the past decade have been recalled, with possibilities of more to come.

THE GENERAL MOTORS RECALL LIST: GM CARS RECALLED FOR FAULTY IGNITION SWITCHES

From January through June 2014, GM recalled the following cars as vehicles involved in GM recall:

  • Buick Lacrosse – 2005-2009
  • Buick Lucerne – 2006-2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS – 2004-2005
  • Cadillac Deville – 2000-2005
  • Cadillac CTS – 2003-2014
  • Cadillac DTS – 2004-2011
  • Cadillac SRX – 2004-2006
  • Cadillac Escalade – 2011-2012
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV – 2011-2012
  • Cadillac Escalade EXT – 2011-2012
  • Chevrolet Avalanche – 2011-2012
  • Chevrolet Camaro – 2010-2014
  • Chevrolet Cobalt – 2005-2010
  • Chevrolet HHR – 2006-2011
  • Chevrolet Impala – 2000-2014
  • Chevrolet Malibu – 1997-2005
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo – 2000-2008
  • Chevrolet Silverado HD – 2011-2012
  • Chevrolet Silverado LD – 2011-2012
  • Chevrolet Suburban – 2011-2012
  • Chevrolet Tahoe – 2011-2012
  • Daewoo G2X – 2007-2009
  • GMC Sierra LD – 2011-2012
  • GMC Sierra HD – 2011-2012
  • GMC Yukon – 2011-2012
  • GMC Yukon XL – 2011-2012
  • Oldsmobile Alero – 1999-2004
  • Oldsmobile Intrigue – 1998-2002
  • Opel/Vauxhall GT – 2007-2010
  • Pontiac G4 -2005-2006
  • Pontiac G5 – 2007-2010
  • Pontiac Grand Am – 1999-2005
  • Pontiac Grand Prix – 2004-2008
  • Pontiac Pursuit – 2005-2006
  • Pontiac Solstice – 2006-2010
  • Saturn Ion – 2003-2007
  • Saturn Sky – 2007-2010

LEGAL RIGHTS OF THOSE INJURED BY DEFECTIVE CARS

When American consumers suffer injuries due to defective products, they are entitled to pursue their rights at law. Product liability lawsuits make it possible for GM ignition switch victims to get compensation for their serious injuries. Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe. Furthermore, they must be proactive and correct any known safety defects, both as a matter of corporate responsibility and as a matter of law. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.

If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving families members may file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in one of the above listed GM vehicles please call the attorneys at Slater Slater Schulman LLP immediately as time is running out to bring a lawsuit.