General Motors is recalling more than a million cars, and the recall may affect West Virginia drivers. What consumers may find most alarming about the recall is that these same cars have already been recalled and repaired due to auto defects in the past. This current recall will actually be the third one issued since 2007 with the goal of fixing a fire-risk problem.
The two other recalls took place in 2007 and 2009 due to concerns that the company’s cars may catch fire. Specifically, oil can leak onto the engine’s hot manifold after hard braking. There have been reports of fires occurring as a result; however, 85 percent of these fires happened when the vehicle was not being operated and when no people were near the cars. No collisions or deaths have been reported, although 19 minor injuries are said to have taken place. The older recalls impacted more than 1 million of the vehicles included in the current recall.
According to General Motors, more than 1,340 of the company’s vehicles ended up catching fire after having previously been fixed by car dealers. As a result, even those who had their cars repaired in the past will have to take their cars to dealerships to be fixed again. Car owners will not have to pay for these repairs. The auto recall includes multiple Oldsmobile and Pontiac models, which are brands that General Motors has stopped producing. Owners of these types of cars are encouraged to go to Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet or GMC dealerships for their repairs.
Accidents caused by auto defects may, unfortunately, result in serious injuries that can lead to high medical bills and time away from work. In some situations, these types of defects can even lead to deaths. Individuals in West Virginia who suffer injuries due to dangerous vehicles have the right to file personal injury claims against the car manufacturers, and the loved ones of those who have died due to defects may file wrongful death claims, seeking financial damages that may help to cover their losses.
Source: CNN Money, “GM recalls 1.4 million cars for fire risk after previous fix failed“, Chris Isidore, Oct. 27, 2015