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GM Facing More Lawsuits Following Expanded Recall

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General Motors is coming under more fire after a new federal lawsuit was filed on March 24, 2014 in San Francisco. Thirteen car owners from 9 states claim GM isn’t doing enough to fix the faulty, sometimes fatal, ignition problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already announced plans to investigate why General Motors took so long to issue the recall of over one-million vehicles when it allegedly knew about the defect.

GM Cites “Internal Miscues” for Recall Delay

A federal filing on March 12, 2014 alleges that GM discovered an issue with “the Saturn Ion ignition switch in 2001.” It is still not clear if this issue is the same one that led to GM’s massive recall of vehicles in February 2014.

GM had previously said it knew about the faulty ignition switch since 2004, when one of its engineers accidently knocked his car out of “run” while driving it.

At that time, an internal investigation was started, but nothing was done.

Newly appointed CEO, Mary Barra, vowed in March 2014 that GM would launch an internal review of the recall delay.

The first recall issued by GM in February 2014 involved 778,562 older-model Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars in North America with the model years 2005-2007. The company said extra weight on the key ring and other road conditions could cause the ignition switch to turn off the engine and electrical components in the car, which included the airbags.

Another recall came 12 days later when GM expanded its list of impacted vehicles from 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuits sold in Canada only to include:

• 2003-2007 Saturn Ions
• 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs
• 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007 Saturn Sky models

GM was allegedly aware of 13 front-seat fatalities due to the faulty ignition switch.

A review of federal crash data points to 303 deaths due to faulty air bags in two of the recalled GM models. A private watchdog group, the Center for Auto Safety, issued a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) citing the NHTSA’s alleged failure to detect the faulty ignition switch and failed air bags.

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  1. bill says:
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    around oct 2013 i was going down 94about70mph I was in the 3lane with my crouz on and THE car just shut off I got it to the shoulder i call a towtruck he ask me to put it in n i could not so they hade to skote it on back whell will not move my wife call Chevy and they said its not on a recall then march of 2014
    i got accented some one ran a yield sing hit me brod side amd and i hit a utily poll head on and my air bag did not open i have 2006chevy trail blazer

  2. Daniel Leonard says:
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    The recall also now includes 2008 Chevrolet Cobalts, which is what i own. It is the only car that I have to drive back and forth to work in. I called my nearest dealer and was told to call back in 2 to 3 weeks as they had no idea when they receive the parts to fix it. What??? Then why are they not giving us another vehicle to drive while we wait, so I don’t have to keep driving a car that is potentially dangerous to my wife and I??????