GM Chevrolet Impala Recall
Chevrolet Impala Recall
Impala Recalled for Ignition Issues
In June 2014, General Motors announced that it was recalling 2000-2005 model year Chevrolet Impala models for ignition issues possibly linked to 2 deaths.
According to recall documents, the vehicles suffer from a defect similar to the faulty ignition switch issue that resulted in the recall of millions of vehicles in the opening months of 2014. Though the Impala models use a different ignition switch than the one affecting recalled Saturn Ion and Chevy Cobalt vehicles, GM still believes that the Impala’s can suffer from unintended key rotation.
Should such a rotation occur, the vehicles can stall, leaving drivers without important safety features including airbags, power brakes, and airbag functionality.
CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY INVESTIGATING ADDITIONAL AIRBAG ISSUES
- In April 2014, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) began pressing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to launch a probe into potential airbag defects present in 2003-2010 model year Impalas.
- According to the CAS, as many as 143 deaths could be linked to an algorithm present in Impala vehicles.
- Further, the watchdog states the software glitch may not be limited to Impala vehicles and could be present in other GM models.
- The CAS states that in 98 of the fatalities, occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.
GM RECALL VICTIMS
Thomas J. Henry has represented more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States. 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 then handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response to the recall.
As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry, the firm continued to push justice for victims injured in accidents involving recalled GM vehicles. The firm also instrumental in the development of GM’s victims’ compensation fund, meeting with GM attorney Kenneth Feinberg on multiple occasions to ensure that all clients received proper compensation.