As you have probably heard, General Motors has issued recall notices for 2.5 million cars, including Chevy Cobalts, HHRs, Saturn Ions, Pontiac G5s, Pontiac Solstices, and Saturn Skys. Those vehicles have faulty ignition switches that may move out of the on position while driving. This can result in the engine being shut off, power steering and brakes being disabled, and airbags failing to deploy in the event of a crash.
GM is facing pressure to tell owners of the 2.5 million cars that the cars are unsafe and shouldn't be driven. One personal injury attorney has asked a federal judge to order GM to tell owners of the recalled vehicles that the cars shouldn't be driven until the ignition switches are replaced. The judge is expected to issue a ruling soon.
In addition to the legal situation, a U.S. Senator has asked for his constituents to sign a petition demanding that GM get the cars off the roads. He has also sent a letter to the CEO of GM asking for a stronger warning by GM to the owners of the vehicles about the recalled vehicles' safety. In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, GM's CEO said that if she felt there was a serious risk posed by the vehicles, she would have "grounded" them. She claimed that the vehicles are safe as long as the driver has nothing hanging from the ignition other than the ignition key.
Unfortunately, GM knew about this defective ignition switch issue since 2004. However, they did not choose to do a recall until this year, which has resulted in 13 deaths and 31 crashes. Many companies choose to put profits ahead of consumer safety, and they are legally accountable to consumers who are injured by their defective products. If you have been injured because of a defective automobile or another defective product, call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. We will be happy to consult with you on your case. Call to learn more.