Defective Ignition Switches
We usually don’t think twice about our ignition switch when we enter our car. After a while, it becomes second nature to put our key into the ignition and be on our way. Unfortunately, though, for many car owners, it took just one day for this to no longer be the case. These consumers suffered from a defective ignition switch, causing the ignition to switch to the off position, turning off power brakes, steering, air bags and engine power.
It’s clear to see why this would be a cause for a lawsuit, but the facts surrounding the specific General Motors Ignition Switch Recall get much more bleak. In 2014, GM began to recall thousands and thousands of cars that were proven to have a defective ignition switch. Following suit, shortly after Chevy, Saturn and other car manufacturers began recalling cars with the same problem. Eventually, GM had recalled millions of cars for this defect.
Unfortunately, though, these ignition switches began being placed in cars an entire decade before the recall began, causing injury and accidents all across the United States. Many people were left without any recourse for their switch failing them and were forced to pick up the pieces by themselves.
There is a Compensation Fund in place that those with claims can join in on, but we also offer our clients the opportunity to file their own, separate claim for a failed ignition switch. If this happened to you, it’s important to have an attorney on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.