General Motors has issued a recall for 2.6 million vehicles. Among the recalled vehicles are the Chevy Cobalt and the Saturn Ion. These vehicles have been recalled because of faulty ignition switches. When bumped, an ignition switch can turn off automatically, shutting off the car’s engine and disabling its air bags.
Problems with the ignition switches were allegedly discovered as early as 2001, but the company did not issue a recall until this past February. According to the New York Times, GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, recently testified at a congressional hearing that she had not become aware of the defect until December 2013, two months before issuing the recall. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has gathered numerous documents from GM as part of an ongoing investigation.
Nationwide, GM has confirmed that this defect resulted in 13 deaths. GM has not publicly disclosed a list of confirmed victims, leaving loved ones to speculate on whether the ignition defect played a part in the death of their family member. Furthermore, proving whether the ignition defect caused a deadly crash may be difficult. Cars contain black boxes, which act as sensors and begin recording when they sense an impending impact. These boxes may stop recording due to subsequent impacts or can be easily damaged due to the collision, leaving potentially crucial information on the cause of the crash inaccessible.
Bruce E. Newman has begun an investigation into a recall related claim. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident that may have been the result of a defective ignition switch, please call him at 860.583.5200.