The Buzbee Law Firm is the preeminent law firm in Texas for handling your GM recall case. The Buzbee Law Firm is leading the effort, and is helping thousands of owners of recalled vehicles get the compensation they are entitled to under Texas law. Call today. If you own one of the following recalled cars, you are entitled to damages:
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Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. 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. The Buzbee Law Firm has handled more wrongful death lawsuits of this type than any firm in Texas, with unparalleled results.
REMEDIES EVEN IF THERE ARE NO INJURIES:
Even if you have not been injured by one of the defective automobiles, you still have claims under Texas law. Any car subject to a recall loses value, which you are entitled to recover. Further, because GM knew about the defect in its cars for years but failed to inform the consumer, an individual who purchased one of these recalled automobiles has additional claims under Texas law, including potentially receiving full purchase value back, breach of warranty damages, damages for fraud, and perhaps even treble damages for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. It is important to act now.
It is very important that you understand that driving those models that are recalled could pose a danger, despite what GM management has reportedly stated in the press. It is incumbent upon you to immediately return your car to the dealer, insist on a rental car, and force GM to repair your vehicle, immediately.
IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT SIGN A RELEASE, OR ANY DOCUMENTATION THAT WOULD WAIVE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.
If you have questions, call us, and we will pursue the damages you are owed for the diminishment in value of your car.
Additional Background Information:
A defect in 1.62 million GM cars sold in the U.S could cause the car's engine and electrical system to shut off, and disable the air bags. For a decade GM and government safety regulators reportedly failed to address this defect, which has been implicated in the deaths of over 300 people in crashes where the front air bags did not deploy.
GM Chevy Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ignition Switch Recall
In January 2014, GM recalled about 619,000 vehicles in the U.S., including Chevrolet Cobalts made from the 2005-7 model years and 2007 Pontiac G5 models. In February 2014, GM added its 2003-7 Saturn Ions, 2006-7 Chevrolet HHRs and 2006-7 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models to the recall. These recalls were all based on the faulty ignition switch.
GM SUV Recall for Faulty Wiring
In March 2014, GM announced a new recall of 1.2-million 2008-13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia sport-utility vehicles, 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse SUVs and 2008-10 Saturn Outlook SUVs. GM stated that the wiring under the driver’s seat of the SUVs can crimp and cause a "service air bag" warning light to trigger on the dash. Ignoring the warning light will eventually disable the side impact restraints, which include driver and passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front center air bag and the seat belt pretensioners.
How Fatal Accidents in GM Cars Recalled For Defective Ignition Switches Have Occurred
The recall is aimed at vehicles with ignition switches that could inadvertently turn off the engine and vehicle electrical system if the ignition key is jarred, such as when the car goes over a bump, or the driver has a heavy key ring attached to it which can accidentally pull the key into the "off" position. While production of both cars was discontinued years ago, GM dealers will replace the incorrectly manufactured key ignition switch.
For example, on July 29, 2005, Amber Marie Rose, age 16, died after her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy. Ms. Rose's death was the first of the 303 deaths linked to the problem, and, the New York Times reports, "was an early warning in what would become a decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago."
As Fatal Accidents Occurred, GM Failed to Recall the Faulty Cars
For years, GM tracked crashes in which the air bags in its cars did not deploy but did not issue a recall and fix the defect with its ignition switches.
According to the most recent chronology prepared by GM, during the pre-production development of the Saturn Ion, GM engineers learned that the ignition could wander from “Run” to the “Accessory” or “Off” position in 2001. A report identified an issue with the ignition switch and stated that an ignition switch design change had resolved the problem.
Two years later, another report “documented an instance in which the service technician observed a stall while driving.” The service technician noted that the weight of several keys on the key ring had worn out the ignition switch. It was replaced and the matter was closed.
GM engineers encountered the problem again in 2004 during test drives of the Chevy Cobalt, before it went to market. According to the chronology provided to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), engineers pinpointed the problem and were "able to replicate this phenomenon during test drives." GM explored a number of solutions, but after considering cost, effectiveness and the amount of time it would take to develop a fix, GM decided to do nothing.
As soon as consumers began buying the 2005 Cobalt, GM began to get complaints about sudden loss of power incidents. In May 2005, GM again assessed the problem and considered re-designing the key head from a "slotted" to a "hole" configuration. GM again declined to act.
Instead, in October 2005, GM issued Technical Service Bulletin alerting service technicians to the inadvertent turning of the key cylinder resulting in the loss of the car’s electrical system. Customers who brought in their vehicle complaining about the issue got a re-designed key head which prevented the key ring from moving up and down in the slot, and the smaller design kept the keys from hanging as low as they did in the past. But, there was no general recall and GM continued to get complaints.
In 2006, GM approved a design change for the Cobalt's ignition switch supplied by Delphi, but the new design wasn’t produced until the 2007 model year.
The following year, NHTSA crash investigators met with some GM staff to discuss their airbags, and informed GM of the July 2005 frontal and fatal crash of Amber Marie Rose. As noted above, the airbags in Ms. Rose’s 2005 Cobalt did not deploy. Data retrieved from the vehicle’s diagnostic system indicated that the car's ignition was in the "accessory" position. GM began investigating and tracking similar crashes. By the end of 2007, GM knew of 10 frontal collisions in which the airbag did not deploy.
For the next six years, GM continued to get complaints and continued to investigate frontal crashes in which the airbags did not deploy. It wasn’t until 2011 and 2012 that GM’s examinations of switches from vehicles that had experienced crashes revealed significant design differences in ignition switches from the 2005 Cobalts and those from the 2010 model year, the last year of the Cobalt’s production. GM blamed the supplier for instituting those changes in the switch design. In late 2013, after numerous assessments, GM made the decision to recall the Cobalt and G5 vehicles.