The Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion small cars are now widely known for their implication in the defective ignition switch recall, called late by GM in February and encompassing 2.6 million cars.
As the automaker has been revealed to have known for at least 11 years about the problem, victims of a Saturn Ion crash fro 2004 have reopened their case against General Motors, blaming the automaker of committing fraud.
The driver of the Saturn Ion, Candice Anderson, 21, went off the road and hit a tree, with her co-passenger and boyfriend, Mikale Erickson, 25 dying and herself suffering multiple injuries.
Back then, the automaker – which has now been revealed to have knowledge of the defective switches that can cause engines to shut down while driving – settled the case and let the driver, Anderson, get indicted and prosecuted for a felony offense.
“GM placed 100 percent of the blame on a 21-year-old innocent girl and ended up paying $75,000 to settle the entire case,” said attorney Robert Hilliard, representing Erickson’s family and Anderson.
The Cobalts, Ions and other models have been found to have been equipped with faulty ignition switches, which can stop mid-driving the engine – which leads to a total loss of critical safety systems, like power steering, power brakes and airbags.