News sources are reporting that Texas-based law firm Thomas J. Henry has filed a federal class action lawsuit against General Motors in regards to deaths and injuries linked to defective ignition switches and air bag failures in multiple recalled GM models.
About the General Motors Class Action Lawsuit
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that Thomas J. Henry filed a federal class action lawsuit against GM. It is the first class action lawsuit filed against GM related to the recall.
Last month approximately 1.6 million vehicles were recalled by GM due to defective ignition switches.
According to the auto maker, affected switches can be jostled out of the “on” position and into the “off” or “accessory” positions, causing the engine to lose power and disabling safety features such as air bags.
While GM claims that only 13 fatalities can be positively linked to the defect, a report released by the Center for Auto Safety on Thursday linked 303 deaths to air bag failures in recalled Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions.
Thomas J. Henry is representing clients who were injured or had family members who were injured or killed in crashes involving the recalled vehicles.
Recalled General Motors Vehicles
- The most recent information suggest that GM was first notified of a possible defect with the ignition switches in 2001, well before the recalled models first hit production lines.
- In 2004, a GM engineer experienced the defect when he unexpectedly lost engine power during a test drive of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, still the company did nothing.
- By 2007, GM had received multiple reports of accidents connected to the faulty ignition switches with at least one fatality linked to the defect, but the company failed to issue a recall for affected vehicles.
- It was not until February 13, 2014 that GM finally initiated the recall. By February 26, the company had expanded the recall to cover 1.6 million vehicles.
- Among the recalled vehicles are:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s
- 2003-2007 Saturn Ions
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs
- 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits (Canada)
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices
- 2007 Saturn Skies