Indiana motorists should be aware of a major recall recently announced by General Motors. Faulty ignition switches may turn off unexpectedly, cutting engine power. With the switch off, hydraulic power to brakes and steering is also lost, making it more difficult to control the vehicle. GM also states that air bags may not properly inflate in such a scenario.
A total of 778,562 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from model years 2005 thru 2007 are being recalled. The American automaker believes that the original switches may not have been manufactured according to specifications.
Two scenarios were identified in which the part might not proeprly function. First, when the vehicle is subjected to a jarring movement. Second, when the weight of numerous items on a motorist’s key ring pulls the switch down from the “run” position to either the “accessory” or the “off” positions.
GM has thus far identified 22 accidents in which the ignition switches allegedly turned off unexpectedly. It says that six deaths have been possibly linked to ignition switch failures thus far. However, it also says that it has identified five high-speed crashes that may not have been survivable in any scenario. GM also asserts that alcohol was potentially a factor in three of those wrecks.
As a part of the recall, General Motors will replace the ignition switch through its dealer network. Because of the age of the vehicles, there is concern that it may be difficult to identify some current owners, because the affected Cobalts and G5s may have been re-sold one or more times already. It is hoped that the publicity surrounding the recall will result in many of those owners coming forward to have the switch replaced.
If it can be alleged that a defective auto part caused a fatality, the survivors of the deceased can consider working with Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers to seek compensation for possible lost companionship and lost financial support. For additional information, or to discuss the details of your situation, please contact us.