Death claims in GM’s defective ignition switch recall rises to 80

The death toll from General Motors’s defective ignition switch has reached 80, according to the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired to approve claims on the company’s behalf, Automotive News reported on April 7.

Feinberg has approved 148 injury claims, which are characterized as a combination of claims for serious wounds and claims for less life-threatening injuries.

The deadline for filing claims was Jan. 31, 2015.

The recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles was made because faulty ignition switches posed a danger to the occupants of some GM vehicles. The switch may turn off, resulting in a suddenly stalled car and the non-deployment of the airbags in the event of a crash.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients’ rights and interests for the compensation they need from the person or parties responsible for their injuries. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more about taking action after an accident.

GM sued by plaintiffs not covered in compensation fund

A personal injury lawyer from Texas filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 individuals, 29 of whom died and 629 of whom were badly injured, who were affected by GM’s recalled vehicles but not covered under the compensation program, Detroit Free Press reported on July 31.

The ignition switch defect was found in vehicles that included Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion, the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala, the 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrique, and the 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX.

GM has recently accepted responsibility for three fatalities and 14 injuries that were not formerly connected to the 10-million Cobalt Ion recall. These cases happened after 2009, the year when GM’s bankruptcy restructuring protected it from lawsuits; therefore, the cases can be tried.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas are committed to providing legal service to victims of personal injury accidents. You can contact us today by calling our offices at (214) 457-1668 to learn about your legal options.

GM recalls 13.6 million U.S. vehicles this year

General Motors Co. recalled 2.4 million vehicles in the United States on May 20, increasing the total number of vehicles recalled by GM this year to 13.6 million, KTTV Los Angeles reported on May 20.

The most recent recall consisted of 1.3 million older-model crossovers that have faulty front seat belts and 1 million sedans with problematic gear shift cables.

Included in this group were 1,075,102 4-speed automatic transmission Chevrolet Malibu (2004-2008 model years) and Pontiac G6 (2005-2008) recalled due to a transmission cable that may break, causing the driver to be unable to shift gears. At least 18 accidents and one injury have been connected to the faulty 4-speed Malibu and G6 vehicles.

At The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, we are devoted to holding accountable those manufacturers who disregard customers’ safety when they market products that do not adhere to a standard of excellence. Call our offices today.

Petition to get GM vehicles parked filed

Detroit, Michigan-based General Motors Co. is facing calls to have the automobiles that have been included in the recent recall regarding their faulty ignition switches to be parked, as they are deemed to be unsafe.  The request was filed by the lawyers for plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against GM for the faulty vehicles before U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in the federal court of Corpus Christi on Friday, April 4.

If the car manufacturer is legally ordered to park all the vehicles, it would be required to provide loaner cars for everyone affected. CEO Mary Barra is resisting making this call, as she has stated that the cars are safe, so long as there is nothing hanging off the ignition key.

Unfortunately, manufacturers sometimes fail in their responsibility to only make and release safe products, resulting in dangerous products such as these faulty vehicles getting released. This can pose a danger to the health and very lives of consumers. If you have been harmed by a defective vehicle in Dallas, call our attorneys from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 457-1668.

GM CEO to answer questions in House committee hearing April 1

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co.’s chief executive officer, Mary Barra, is set to be questioned at a United States congressional hearing on Tuesday, April 1 amid an investigation as to why it took GM 10 years to recall vehicles that have ignition switch issues, causing at least 12 accidental deaths.

The House of Representative’s energy and commerce committee chairman, Fred Upton (Republican of Michigan), stated that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acting administrator David Friedman is also invited to the hearing to find out “what the company and NHTSA knew about the safety problem, when they knew it, and what was done about it.”

In a statement released Thursday, March 20, Upton said the probe aims to determine whether the accidents could have been prevented and to enact measures to make sure that accidents such as those that have occurred don’t happen again.

Consumers assume that the products they buy, including and especially vehicles, are safe to use; that is why manufacturers can and should be held legally liable when they betray this trust. Contact our attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter if you have been injured in an accident in Dallas caused by a defective vehicle by calling (214) 457-1668 today.

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