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The quality of a vehicle can mean life or death, which is why West Virginia motorists may be interested to learn that auto company GM recently announced a vehicle recall impacting more than 92,000 vehicles. The announcement came on New Year’s Day and represents the company’s first recall in the new year. The vehicles are being recalled due to auto defects involving ignitions.

According to GM, the defect may affect power braking, power steering and engine power. In addition, air bags might not deploy in particular crashes. GM discovered the defect while conducting an internal review, although no known deaths or injuries have resulted from the defect.

GM had an admittedly nightmarish year in 2014, when it recalled more than 30 million vehicles due to defects. An ignition issue disclosed last year has been connected to a minimum of 42 deaths thus far and has sparked a number of lawsuits. The auto industry last year had a negative year overall, with one out of five cars in the United States being recalled.

When a motorist purchases a new vehicle in West Virginia, he or she expects it to be dependable and safe to drive. Even if the automobile company later discovers auto defects and issues a recall, it may unfortunately be too late for those individuals who have already suffered injuries or died as a result of the dangerous defects. It is within the rights of an injured party, or of the family of a deceased victim, to pursue claims for financial relief for related damages through a civil lawsuit.

Source: wtvr.com, “It’s a New Year, and there is a new GM auto recall“, Jan. 2, 2015