Late last week, GM finally got some good news in the ongoing ordeal involving recalled vehicles. A Texas couple filed a lawsuit against GM related to their Chevy Cobalt, which was one of the 2.6 million vehicles that were recalled by GM because of faulty ignition switches. The faulty ignition switches have been linked to 13 deaths and many more injuries.
As part of the lawsuit, the couple asked the company to advise owners of the 2.6 million cars that were recalled to keep the cars off the road until they are fixed. The judge denied the couple's request, finding that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has jurisdiction over the issues involving regulations over automobile companies. If the judge has granted the request, the financial pressures on GM would have been devastating.
Those who supported the request criticized the ruling, arguing that GM could take more steps to save customers' lives, but is refusing to do so. GM, on the other hand, contends that the vehicles are safe as long as all objects are removed from key rings except for the vehicle key. The weight of other objects on the faulty ignition switches has been blamed for the problems with the vehicles.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against GM for its failure to warn its customers of the ignition safety issue. Documents have shown that the company has been aware of the problem for at least 10 years. GM may face pain for years into the future over the faulty ignition switches.
If you have been harmed because of a defective vehicle, including a faulty ignition switch on a GM vehicle, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. Our attorneys are skilled at handling personal injury cases and will be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Call us to learn more at 713-489-9493, or reach out to us through our Facebook page.