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Wrongful death suits may follow mass recall

No one can truly understand what it is to lose a loved one unless or until it happens to them. And while death is always tragic, it can be especially difficult to come to terms with the loss of someone to something like an avoidable accident. In instances where a victim’s death could have been prevented by the actions or conduct of another party, the family of the victim has the right to seek sound legal counsel and hold the appropriate parties accountable for the emotional and financial hardship they have caused. Now that more details regarding the mass recall implemented by one major automaker are coming forward, it’s likely that families of the many victims involved in the case will pursue wrongful death claims.

In close to one month, General Motors has recalled more than 1,500,000 vehicles in two stages. The mass recall involves several models of vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, the Saturn Ion and the Pontiac Solstice. The recalls may have come swiftly, but safety regulators have reportedly received dozens of complaints over its equipment issues relating to the recall for more than 10 years now.

The American automaker has submitted documentation of issues reported with the recalled vehicles to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on two occasions so far. However, the most recent information provided by General Motors paints a much more troubling picture of the situation. According to the most recent report, ignition switch issues at the heart of the recall were recognized in more models than previously believed. And beyond that, problems with the ignition switches were identified all the way back in 2001.

It is currently estimated that 31 accidents within the past 10 years can be linked to faulty ignition switch devices, and 12 people have died in related cases.

Source: New York Times, “G.M. Reveals It Was Told of Ignition Defect in ‘01,” Danielle Ivory, March 12, 2014

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