Defective ignition systems have resulted in massive recalls for General Motors. This week General Motors recalled an additional 8.5 million vehicles, majority of which are due to ignition-switch defects.
What is the faulty system responsible for? If the ignition system is not working properly, it may turn off the engine, lose control of power brakes and power steering, or prevent signals from being properly transmitted to air bags. In the event of an accident, the air bags would not deploy. Not only could this defect cause an accident, but it may be attributed to more severe accident injuries and a higher number of fatal accidents.
Ignition switch system problems are not the only issue. Vehicles are also being recalled due to other electrical problems and engine block issues. The recalls are not only affecting newer vehicles. Vehicles that are nearly 15 years old are affected by the recall as well. If you or someone you care about is driving a General Motors vehicle, check the GM Recall Center - this site allows you to entire your VIN (vehicle identification number) so that you can quickly view the recalls that directly affect your vehicle.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of vehicles GM has recalled in 2014 is more than the number of vehicles they sold during the past eight years cumulatively.
Three deaths have officially been recognized as a direct result of defective ignition-related accidents. More accidents have been attributed to the faulty system.
Our Raleigh law office handles defective product cases and car accident cases. If you believe your vehicle accident was caused by a faulty system - contact our lawyers to review how to proceed with a claim when an international recall such as General Motors is currently active.