General Motors has been in the news a lot lately, and likely not for reasons the auto manufacturer enjoys. Instead, several major defects in their automobiles have come to light. In fact, the company finally issued an auto defect recall for many of its vehicle models for five different safety defects. A NY Times report stated that GM recently recalled 2.7 million vehicles; bringing the total number of vehicles recalled by GM in the US in this year alone to 11.2 million.
If your vehicle was one of the recalled automobiles, make sure to take it back to your dealer and/or follow the instructions GM has given. Serious injuries have resulted from these product defects. You may recall that February, GM recalled millions of older-model small cars for defective ignition switches – a vehicle defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths.
The most recent GM recall covers five separate safety issues and includes some of GM’s top selling models (Chevy Malibus and full size pick ups). According to information provided, millions of cars have taillights that could malfunction and almost 500 trucks and large SUVs could suddenly lose steering because parts were not tightened properly. The steering issue is so dangerous that GM has advised owners not to operate the vehicles until they have been repaired. Terrifying. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of one of these defects, contact an experienced products defect lawyer immediately.
This recall also involves 2.4 million midsize cars (2004-2012 Malibu, the 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and the 2007-2010 Saturn Aura) with faulty wiring that could cause brake lights to malfunction and not illuminate and could disable safety features such as the electronic stability control, which tries to correct for skids. This problem could also affect the panic braking assist, a feature designed to ensure the vehicle’s full braking power is being used in an emergency stop.
The automaker has admitted publicly that it was aware of hundreds of complaints relating to this defect, including 13 accidents that involved two injuries. Unfortunately, GM did nothing to protect the public against future injuries and/or deaths. In fact, in as early as 2008, the automaker told dealers that there might be an issue with the brake lights. Choosing profits over lives, GM continued to allow unsafe vehicles on the roadway.
If you or your family were victims of an accident relating to a defective product, know that the law and the aggressive Los Angeles trial lawyers at BIKLAW are on your side. For more information, and to discuss your potential case, contact attorney and doctor Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. today.