General Motors has had a less than successful year. Earlier this year, at least 13 deaths and countless accidents were noted after it came to light that the ignition switch in several of the company’s popular models was faulty, resulting in drivers losing control of their vehicles. Even worse, evidence was brought forward alleging that GM may have known about the problems and decided to still sell the cars anyways.
Just last week, GM announced another round of recalls covering an additional 2.42 million vehicles. Evidently, there are four different issues with the various models, including the following:
- Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV over a problem affecting the airbags
- Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia for a seatbelt problem
- Chevy Malibu and Pontiac G6 over a shift cable
- Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD over a problem that may cause a fire
A more detailed list can be found here.
These vehicles join more than 2 million other cars that have been recalled by GM earlier this year.
As of now, GM has agreed to pay over $35 million in penalties for the way they have handled the safety issues. GM has also made promises to readdress its safety standards.
Anytime a car manufacturer issues a recall, this does little to help those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to accidents resulting from the faulty vehicle. Just because a recall is issued does not necessarily mean that the manufacturer can be held liable for all damages caused by the defective model or part, it just signifies that there was a problem in the car’s design. However, if an accident victim can demonstrate that the manufacturer knew about the design flaw or defect and continue to produce the vehicle regardless, then an injury or wrongful death case can be strengthened.
In most cases, accident victims are unaware of any problem with their vehicles until a recall is issued. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident that may have been caused by a design flaw or defect, you could have the right to seek monetary damages. To find out more about pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Inverness, Crystal River, Beverly Hills, Lecanto, Homosassa, Dunnellon, Hernando, Sugarmill Woods, Citrus Springs or Floral City, call a Citrus County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton at 352-726-0078 to schedule a free initial consultation today, or contact us here.