On Monday, General Motors announced a massive recall spanning nine different vehicle models with ignition switch problems. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 8 million vehicles worldwide are affected by the recall, including certain Pontiac Grand Prix.
GM has said the recall affects about 6.8 million U.S. vehicles, including the 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicles are being recalled due to what is described by the automaker as “unintended ignition key rotation.” Extra weight on the GM key, rough terrain, and drivers’ knees can cause the ignition switch to slip out of the “run” position, resulting in engine stalls and airbag failure.GM has said it is aware of three fatalities, eight injuries, and seven crashes connected to the defect.
Monday’s recall is similar to the GM ignition recall announced earlier this year that affected about 2.6 million older compact cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. That recall placed the automaker under intense scrutiny and legal action after it was learned that GM employees were aware of problems with the ignition switches for more than a decade but failed to act. In June, GM recalled more than 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros and more than 3 million mid- to large-size cars to correct the same problem behind Monday’s recall.
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.