Various residents in West Virginia may be impacted by a recent recall by General Motors. Apparently, the ignition switch in the vehicle can shut off while one is driving down the road, which potentially and dangerously deactivates the vehicle’s airbags. It has been advised by GM to not have a key chain full of keys and ornaments, as this may trigger the auto defect on rough roads. When the key is in the ignition, it should only be the key itself and nothing else to reduce the chance of disaster.
General Motors has issued a recall for nearly 1.4 million vehicles. The vehicles in question include Saturn Ions from 2003 to 2007, Chevrolet Cobalts from 2005 to 2007, Chevrolet HHRs from 2006 to 2007, Pontiac Solstices from 2006 to 2007 and the 2007 year model of both the Pontiac G5 and Saturn Sky. Anyone driving one of these vehicles is urged to take it into the dealership immediately.
This is not a simple recall and lives are actually in danger. In fact, there have already been more than 30 accidents reported. Moreover, more than a dozen deaths have been associated with this particular recall.
Car accidents are dangerous enough as it is, but when there is an auto defect like this one that involves safety components, the situation can be much worse. When an auto defect, such as the ignition switch in this case, causes injury or death to a West Virginia resident, the injured party — or the family of a deceased victim — may be able to take legal action to hold the responsible party liable for the harm caused. A successfully litigated claim could result in an award of damages that could alleviate the financial burdens associated with an accident.
Source: Minneapolis Legal Examiner, General Motors Ignition Switch Defect: Air Bags Not Going Off Because of Keychain?, Mike Bryant, March 1, 2014