We Can Help You File a Claim against GM
A fatal flaw in 1.6 million GM cars has left many people injured and has forced GM to issue a recall. Defective ignition switches in GM vehicles caused the car’s ignition setting to change from “on” to “off” without the driver’s input. A slight bump in the road or even just a heavy keychain was enough to flip the ignition switch and leave the driver without power steering, power brakes, or airbag functionality.
If you own or deal GM vehicles, you may have the right to pursue compensation for GM’s defective auto product. At Ashcraft & Gerel, we stand ready to assist you with your claim. Our Washington, D.C. defective ignition attorneys are not afraid to battle even the most powerful carmakers and corporations in defense of our clients’ rights.
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GM Vehicles Have Caused Fatal Accidents
Federal crash data compiled by the Center for Auto Safety reports that at least 303 deaths may be attributable to the ignition switch defect – and this data is based on an assessment of only two of the six recalled models. General Motors officials continue to claim that only 12 deaths of 22 crashes were caused by the defect.
GM vehicles that have been recalled include the:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
- 2005-2007 Pontiac G5
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
- 2006-2007 Saturn Sky
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GM’s Failure to Recall Defective Vehicles
GM was allegedly aware of the defect in its ignition switches for more than a decade before taking action and issuing a recall. GM filed a document indicating its awareness of an “issue with the Saturn Ion ignition switch” during pre-production in 2001. However, the company had earlier claimed that they discovered the ignition defect in 2004. The discrepancies in GM’s story make it difficult to determine just how long the company knew about the problem and the extent of its corporate cover-up.
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Holding GM Accountable after Bankruptcy
Currently, lawyers on both sides of the case are arguing whether GM in its current state can actually be held liable for damages from before 2009 when the company filed for bankruptcy and received a government bailout. During the bankruptcy process, GM was shielded from liability for claims prior to 2009.
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Protecting the Rights of Drivers across America
General Motors is obligated to produce safe vehicles – period. The company’s failure to produce safe ignition switches and to fix the defect quickly illustrates its negligence.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective GM ignition switch, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Medical bills
Our team at Ashcraft & Gerel has decades of experience representing the injured victims of carmakers’ negligence. Our ignition recall attorneys in Washington, D.C. are passionate about protecting consumers’ rights and ensuring that powerful corporations are held accountable for their actions.