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Oldsmobile Alero Part of New Massive GM Recall

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

GM added more than 8.4 million vehicles to its growing list of recalled vehicles on Monday. The announcement covered six separate recalls, the largest of which affected more than 7.6 million vehicles in North America with ignition switch problems. According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the models included in that massive recall were certain model year Oldsmobile Aleros.

About the Oldsmobile Alero Recall

GM has about 6.8 million U.S. vehicles are affected by the recall, including the 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero. 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 owners should remove all extra items from the ignition key until they can be given an insert which will change the head of the key from a slot to a hole for the key ring.

GM has said it is aware of three fatalities, seven crashes, and eight injuries that could possibly be linked to the defect.

Monday’s recall is reminiscent of the GM ignition recall announced in February and March that affected about 2.6 million older compact cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and similar vehicles. That recall placed the automaker under intense scrutiny and legal action after it was learned that GM engineers were aware of ignition switch defects for more than a decade. In June, GM recalled over 500,000 Chevrolet Camaros and about 3.16 million mid- to large-size cars to repair the same problem behind Monday’s recall.

Description of the Recalled Vehicles

Monday’s recall affects the following makes and models:

  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique
  • 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
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. 


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