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GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits Start This Week

A pair of GM ignition switch recall lawsuits are underway in a Manhattan federal courthouse this week. The decisions in these cases are expected to affect the hundreds of other GM ignition switch recall lawsuits currently pending in courts across the country. The first case involves a driver’s claim that the company’s faulty ignition switch caused a serious accident on a Louisiana bridge in 2014. The second case seeks to reverse a decision from a federal bankruptcy court regarding the automaker’s liability for the defective switches.

Details of the GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits

In 2014, reports surfaced that the automaker installed defective ignition switches in millions of its vehicles. The switches would stick in the “ACC” position, causing the vehicle’s automatic safety systems to fail in a crash. Hundreds of drivers have filed GM ignition switch recall lawsuits after the reports surfaced. While the Louisiana case cites injuries and damages sustained in a specific accident, the larger GM ignition switch recall lawsuit cites the economic damages car owners have suffered due to the bankruptcy decision.

Injuries, Fatalities Prompt GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits

Hundreds of the pending GM ignition switch recall lawsuits stem from injuries or fatalities in accidents involving the affected vehicles. A report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration showed that over 400 injuries have been attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Many of these injuries are believed to have occurred when the vehicle’s power steering, power brakes, and airbag deployment systems failed in a collision. The company has already paid out more than $2 billion in GM ignition switch recall lawsuit settlements.

Louisiana Accident Spurs GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit

The Louisiana plaintiffs initially filed a GM ignition switch recall lawsuit against the automaker in January. A federal judge dismissed that case after attorneys for the automakers alleged that the plaintiffs gave misleading testimony. The plaintiffs in the current GM ignition switch recall lawsuit allege that a pair of accidents on a Louisiana bridge could have been avoided if the automaker had revealed the problems regarding its switch malfunctions. Attorneys for GM stated that the same bridge had been the site of more than 30 other accidents.

GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuits and Bankruptcy

The other GM ignition switch recall lawsuit going on at the same time will determine if the automaker is still liable for accidents that occurred before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. In 2014, a federal bankruptcy court ruled that the “New GM” that emerged from financial restructuring was not liable for claims from accidents prior to the company’s reorganization. An attorney for the plaintiffs in this GM ignition switch recall lawsuit claims that the bankruptcy court’s decision left vehicle owners without legal recourse.

Sources: Reuters (1) (2)

Know Your Rights in a GM Ignition Switch Recall Lawsuit

To find out how we can help you with a GM ignition switch recall lawsuit, contact us today at 877-892-2797. Our friendly staff will ask a few questions about your case and connect you to an attorney who specializes in cases concerning the GM ignition switch recalls. You can also fill out the “Confidential Evaluation” form at the top of this page.

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