Beginning in February of 2014, General Motors began recalling cars due to a faulty ignition switch. The ignition switch can shut off the engine while driving, knocking out the power steering, power brakes and airbags. More than 120 fatalities have been tied to the faulty switches.
In 2009, GM emerged from their bankruptcy as “New GM” with all of their previous liabilities erased. In November of 2015, a New York judge ruled that New GM could be held liable for the switches and open to punitive damages, if it was proved that employees of the new company had knowledge of the faulty switches.
General Motors held meetings about the ignition switch as early as 2005, ten years before they finally began issuing their recalls. Over 29 million vehicles have been recalled thus far. To see if your car is on the list, GM has set up a website for the recalled vehicles. If your vehicle has been affected, you should:
- Remove everything from your key ring except your car key.
- Make sure the car is in “Park” (or in Reverse if you have a manual transmission) before exiting. Set the parking brake.
- Contact your GM Dealer to schedule a repair appointment.
If you believe you have been injured due to a faulty ignition switch in a GM vehicle, you should contact a personal injury attorney to assess your case.