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Getting unsafe cars off the road is of major importance in our country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents are the number one killer of people under 34 years old in the U.S.
The NHTSA has the right to set car safety standards. They can also require manufacturers to recall vehicles that are not considered safe due to defects.
These are defects that pose a risk to motor vehicle safety. They often exist in a group of vehicles. Often, the manufacturer has used the defective part in a number of car models. Some examples are:
- Steering components that do not maintain vehicle control.
- Any critical vehicle components that cause a potential loss of control, which can cause injury to people in the car or outside of it.
- Air bags that do not deploy when they should, or deploy when they should not.
Some manufacturers wait for NHTSA to investigate, others voluntarily issue their own recalls.
Cars Turn Off While Driving
Recently, General Motors (GM) has issued several car recalls. One of the most significant is based on an ignition problem that affects certain Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Saturns:
- Chevy Cobalt
- Chevy HHR
- Pontiac Solstice
- Pontiac G5
- Saturn Sky
- Saturn Ion
These cars have a defect in the ignition that causes them to shift from “run” to “accessory” or “off.” It can happen, and has happened, while the car is driving down any road, even at highway speeds.
When the car hits a bump or pothole, or a heavy keychain shifts, it can shut off the engine.
The power steering and power brakes are affected, as is your ability to control the vehicle. This loss of power can also cause the airbags to fail.
The engineers at GM knew about this problem at least as early as 2004, but they are just letting the public know now. It can be fixed with a part that has been estimated to cost 57 cents.
GM has already recognized that 13 deaths and 31 car accidents were caused by this problem. We have indications that there are many more. Independent safety groups report more than 300 fatalities.
And Congress may agree. The CEO of GM has been called in to testify about this defect and the terrible repercussions it has caused.
Join Our Class Action Suit
More than 2.6 million car owners are affected by this recall. And all of them have been subject to the risk of having an accident or being injured. Weitz & Luxenberg has already filed several class-action lawsuits, in conjunction with other plaintiffs’ law firms around the nation.
We believe that you deserve compensation for the danger that GM exposed you to when they let you keep driving these defective vehicles.If you have been injured while riding in one of these cars or if a loved one has been injured or killed, reach out to us today.
Read more about the GM Car Ignition Recall and the action Weitz & Luxenberg is taking to help our clients receive justice. And GM issued more than one recall that caused consumers to contact us.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.