Reports Indicate Number of Deaths Linked to GM Recall Likely to Rise

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (May 29, 2014) — According to published reports, the number of deaths linked to GM’s ignition switch recall is likely to rise once the company counts every individual killed in a crash with one of the recalled vehicles. Currently, GM has only admitted responsibility for deaths to front seat passengers. While the company has publicly linked the recalled vehicles to only 13 deaths, reports indicate that once the company takes into account fatalities of backseat passengers and those killed in other vehicles, the death toll will rise.

Thomas J. Henry, a national injury firm representing more than 800 individuals affected by the recall, has continually pushed GM to take responsibility for what the firm calls a “vast number of deaths” linked to the recall.

“We know of at least 68 deaths potentially linked to the defective cars not to mention countless other serious and catastrophic injuries,” lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated.

“I have personally advised GM’s attorneys on the vast number of deaths and injuries I believe caused by the recalled cars… I have provided names and addresses of victims. I have no idea why they are saying there have only been 13 deaths,” he added.


Attorneys representing accident victims also find it troubling that GM refuses to publicly acknowledge individuals who suffered serious and catastrophic injuries in accidents involving the recalled vehicles.

Thomas J. Henry was quoted as saying, “There are also 113 victims of serious, life altering injuries, including a baby who was permanently paralyzed and 643 others with broken bones, cuts, and scrapes. How can GM also ignore those victims?”


Thomas J. Henry is representing nearly all of the death victims acknowledged by GM on their list of 13, including the family of Gene Erickson who was killed in a Chevy Cobalt crash. His fiancee, Candice Anderson, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, was also seriously injured in the accident.

“GM has not even acknowledged the fiance of Gene Erickson…even though they count Gene on their list of 13 death victims,”Thomas J. Henry stated.

The firm also represents the family of Trenton Buzard, an infant who was left permanently paralyzed in a Chevy Cobalt crash that killed two members of his family, who are also on GM’s list of 13.

“The same goes for Trenton Buzard. GM acknowledged that their defective vehicle caused the crash that killed his great grandmother and aunt, yet they take no responsibility for the fact that he is now paralyzed for life,” Thomas J. Henry stated.

“These victims were injured over the last 10 years…and GM never acknowledged any of them,” he added.


Thomas J. Henry is a national injury firm representing GM recall victims in nearly every state in the U.S. The firm is currently representing nearly 800 people who died, family members who lost loved ones, serious injury victims, and others harmed by the GM ignition switch recall.

One of the largest personal injury firms in the United States, Thomas J. Henry has been representing injured victims nationwide for more than 25 years.  The firm handles wrongful death, on the job injury, child injury,pharmaceutical litigation, product liability, catastrophic injury, and company vehicle and 18-wheeler accident cases.

The firm was recently recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the Top 100 verdicts in the country in 2013 and by Texas Lawyer for having three of the top Texas verdicts for the year.  These cases involved work injuries and company vehicle accidents.

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