General Motors announced on Monday that the automaker was recalling more than 8 million vehicles globally across multiple models for ignition switch problems. The Detroit News says two fatal crashes occurred in Chevy Impalas that could be connected to the ignition problem.
Altogether, about 8 million vehicles were recalled by GM on Monday to correct what is described as “unintended ignition key rotation.” The problem is similar to the ignition switch defect in the Saturn Ion and Chevy Cobalt that was announced earlier this year. Owners of the vehicles are being urged to remove all unnecessary items from the GM key until repairs can be made.
GM spokesman Jim Cain said the company is aware of three deaths and eight injuries linked to the new round of recalls. Two fatal crashes occurred in 2003 and 2004 Chevrolet Impalas where airbags failed to deploy.
Monday’s recall brings the total number of vehicles recalled by GM to more than 30 million worldwide in 54 separate recalls. The automaker became the subject of intense scrutiny after it was learned that GM engineers knew about problems with the Cobalt and Ion for more than a decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined GM $35 million for the delay.
Monday’s recall affects the following makes and models:
A separate recall for the same problem affects the following makes and models:
Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall. As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured.