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Several recent recalls by General Motors may affect some motorists in West Virginia. The six newest recalls affect more than 800,000 vehicles in the United States and around the world. The reasons for the recalls include problems with turn signals, airbag problems and issues with seats.

In addition, some parts of the vehicles might not have gone through proper welding, and the possibility of losing power steering is another concern of the company. In addition to dealing with this recent rash of recalls, General Motors has been tackling malfunctioning ignition switches found in many older cars. These defective switches have been connected to a minimum of 13 deaths.

Unfortunately for some vehicle owners, a few of the vehicles that are part of the latest recalls were previously recalled due to other issues. For instance, the 2014 model of the Chevrolet Impala was found to have an improperly working cable adjuster for the transmission shift in February. It was discovered to have another issue in June because a joint fastener potentially had not been torqued according to specification in some automobiles.

If a person becomes injured because of a defective airbag or other car part, he or she may feel violated after putting trust in the car manufacturer to produce a safe vehicle. It is within the injured victim’s right to file a product liability claim against the carmaker, seeking damages that can help with medical costs. Likewise, the family members of anyone who dies in a vehicle with defective parts may pursue financial damages through a lawsuit Virginia.

Source: The New York Times, “New General Motors Recall Covers 800,000 More Vehicles“, Danielle Ivory, July 23, 2014