Chevrolet Monte Carlo Recalled by GM for Ignition Switch
Worldwide, more than 8 million vehicles with ignition switch problems were recalled by General Motors on Monday afternoon. The recall spans nine different models, including certain model years of the Chevy Monte Carlo, according to the Wall Street Journal.
About the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Recall
General Motors said it will take a $1.2 billion charge to cover the cost of Monday’s recall. The 8 million vehicles that were recalled have ignition switches that can slip out of the “run” position and result in engine stalls, airbag failure, steering defects, and brake failure. Included in the newest recall are Chevrolet Monte Carlos with model years 2000-2005. In total, more than 6.8 million of the vehicles recalled on Monday were sold in the U.S. and about 7.6 million vehicles in North America.
GM has said it is aware of three fatalities that could potentially be linked to the defect. The three deaths occurred in two crashes involving Chevrolet Impalas – also affected by Monday’s recall. GM maintains, however, there is no conclusive evidence the ignition switch defect caused those crashes.
The problem is similar to the ignition switch defect that triggered a 2.6 million vehicle recall of older compact vehicles earlier this year. The so-called Cobalt and Ion recall brought GM under intense scrutiny after documents showed the automaker was aware of ignition switch defects for more than a decade but failed to take appropriate action. At least 13 deaths and 54 crashes were caused by the defect.
Description of the Recalled Vehicles
Monday’s recall affects the following makes and models:
- 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
- 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
- 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala
- 2000-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
A separate recall for the same problem affects the following makes and models:
- 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
- 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
GM has said it will provide owners of these vehicles with a key insert that will change the key ring hole from a slot to a smaller hole. Until given the insert, GM urges owners to remove all unnecessary items from the GM key.
Thomas J. Henry Represents GM Recall Victims
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.
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULT
$1.8 MillionExpenses: $20,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $765,000.00 | Net to Client: $1 Million
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULTS
$2 MillionExpenses: $78,475.96 | Attorneys Fees: $850,087.96 | Net to Client: $1,071,436.00
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULT
$2.3 MillionExpenses: $200,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $900,000.00 | Net to Client: $1.2 Million