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New Lawsuit Claims Second Defect in Recalled GM Vehicles

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A new lawsuit filed against General Motors asserts that merely replacing the faulty ignition switches in the recalled GM vehicles is not enough and that additional measures need to be taken.

Replacement of Ignition Switch Not Enough

According to an article in USA Today, a coalition of law firms filed a lawsuit on Monday against GM claiming that the automaker knew the ignition switches were defective and, additionally, was aware that the position of the ignition switch aggrevates the problem.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims that replacing the defective switches is not enough to remedy the ignition switch defect and that additional steps must be taken to shield the key and fob from being bumped by drivers. According to the lawsuit, GM has been aware since at least 2005 that only replacing the switch was not a complete solution.

There are 13 plaintiffs from California and six other states participating in the lawsuit who are owners of recalled vehicles. Lawyers who filed the suit say they intend to seek class action status on behalf of all owners affected by the recall.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that GM was aware of the faulty ignition switches since 2001 but continued to sell the dangerous vehicles without fixing the problem. It seeks compensation for the loss of vehicle value due to the recall.

Are There More Vehicles GM Should Recall?

In February, GM announced a massive recall that eventually included 1.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches. A problem with the switch design made it easy for the key to be switched into the “accessory” or “off” position while drivers operated the vehicle, resulting in a sudden loss of engine power. At least 12 deaths and multiple auto accidents have been caused by the defective switches.

The recalled vehicles include:

The lawsuit filed on Monday also claims that there are additional models that should be recalled in order to correct the bumping issue.

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