/ General Motors, News, Safety / New lawsuit for General Motors over faulty ignition switches

New lawsuit for General Motors over faulty ignition switches

Linked In Share
New lawsuit for General Motors over faulty ignition switches

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against GM on behalf of 658 people who have been either injured, or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

The lawsuit names 29 people who were killed in crashes and 629 who were hurt, attorney Robert Hilliard saying that he will ask the judges for permission to add another 248 cases to the file, including 21 deaths. All the crashes occurred after GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009. Hilliard stated that “it’s certainly not a legal given that GM will be successful in its attempts to use this ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ bankruptcy card.’”
The lawsuit claims that GM knew about the defective switches since 2001 and seeks $75,000 in damages for each plaintiff. The faulty switches can cut off the engine, which will make the power steering and the brakes stop and also disable the air bags, leading to no protection of people in a crash.

Kenneth Feinberg, compensation expert who handled claims for the BP Gulf Oil Spill, said that GM had not placed a limit on the money amount to be spent in order to compensate victims. He will begin taking claims this Friday, accepting applications through the end of the year. But those who settle with Feinberg must give up their right to sue GE.

In February, GM recalled 2.6 million small cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt for faulty switches, adding to a total of 29 million recalled vehicles. Of those, 17.3 million are to fix defective ignition switches, and only owners of the original 2.6 million small cars are eligible for compensation through Feinberg. GM said that small-car switches have caused at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths.
Jim Cain, spokesman for GM, would not comment on the lawsuit, but stated that the company wants to make amends for the people harmed by ignition switches problems and that this is the reason why they hired Kenneth Feinberg to deal with the compensation program.

by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - filed under General Motors, News, Safety. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles
2014 General Motors ignition switch law suit problems recall


Discuss: New lawsuit for General Motors over faulty ignition switches

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

2015 Toyota GT 86 introduced in the UK
2015 Toyota GT 86 introduced in the UKToyota has announced the launch of the 2015 GT 86 in the United Kingdom where the model in question is coming with a number of ...
Recalls reach record with two months to spare
Recalls reach record with two months to spareWe’re more than two months away from 2015 and automakers have already hit a massive threshold – the recall numbers have ...
Audi TT race car officially unveiled
Audi TT race car officially unveiledThe German based automaker Audi has officially pulled the wraps off its newest creation, the new TT race car, which will run in ...
Land Rover Discovery Sport enters production in the UK
Land Rover Discovery Sport enters production in the UKThe British based automaker JLR has officially announced the production start of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, in the United ...
US demand brings production constraints at Hyundai
US demand brings production constraints at HyundaiAccording to the Hyundai US unit boss, Dave Zuchowski, the insatiable customer demand for the South Korean’s crossover models ...
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets priced officially
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets priced officiallyThe official starting price of the impressive 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been announced by the carmaker and this has been ...
Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to be used by Porsche
Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to be used by PorschePope Francis continues its policy of opening up the Catholic Church to the masses. And Porsche was the first company to jump at ...
BMW M4 Coupe rendered as pickup truck
BMW M4 Coupe rendered as pickup truckThe BMW M4 Coupe has been recently rendered in a pickup truck body style and we have to admit that the final result doesn’t ...
Ferrari 458 M might be introduced in Geneva
Ferrari 458 M might be introduced in GenevaFerrari might officially pull the wraps off the 458 M next year, during the 2015th edition of the Geneva Motor Show, in a world ...
Meet the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
Meet the BMW M4 DTM Champion EditionThe brand new BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition has been officially unveiled by the German based car manufacturer. BMW’s newest ...
US: officials and UAW intent on keeping Wrangler production in Toledo
US: officials and UAW intent on keeping Wrangler production in ToledoThe Toledo assembly complex has been the place where the Jeep Wrangler feels at home, tracing its production roots there to the ...
China: Renault sales to reach 800,000 units
China: Renault sales to reach 800,000 unitsChief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn has made a bullish forecast for the sales of the Renault brand in China, the world’s ...
Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defiance
Lauda not sorry about Mercedes ‘unfreeze’ defianceOct.2014 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Dominant Mercedes is unapologetic amid increasing pressure to agree to an engine 'unfreeze' for ...
Teams should make own tyre compound choice – Force India
Teams should make own tyre compound choice – Force IndiaOct.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Force India has a radical suggestion about how F1 should proceed in the sport's Pirelli-tyred ...
Vettel ‘respectful’ as Red Bull career ended – Ricciardo
Vettel ‘respectful’ as Red Bull career ended – RicciardoOct.20 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Sebastian Vettel behaved impeccably in 2015, despite plotting his Red Bull exit and being outclassed ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

audi tt race car 1
BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
mclaren trackday kyalami 1
sergio aguero lamborghini aventador 1
ABT upgrades the Audi S8 1
2015 Lexus LS 1
chevrolet concept 2014 sema 1
Skoda Fabia R5 rally car 1
ferrari f430 philippe pasqua 4
2015 volkswagen saveiro surf 1
ferrari laferrari felipe massa 1

More automotive from inautonews
Toyota has announced the launch of the 2015 GT 86 in the United Kingdom where the model in question is coming with a number of changes. According to the car manufacturer, the 2015 Toyota GT 86 has gained a new entry-level version, called the Primo, which is priced from 22,995 GBP, making it 2,115 ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT The new generation of the A-Class has been around since 2012 and its overall design is quite drastic, considering its predecessor. Now, two years ...
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive Citroen has introduced the second generation of the C-Elysee last year. The model is smaller than the C4 and it is based on the Peugeot 301, being ...
Test Drive: BMW X4 xDrive30d
Test Drive: BMW X4 xDrive30d The newest crossover to make its way into BMW’s lineup is the X4. This is based on the X3 and it is basically a smaller version of the X6, aimed ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recalls reach record with two months to spareWe’re more than two months away from 2015 and automakers have already hit a massive threshold – ... Recall roundup: Lexus vehicles for fire riskThe Japanese based automaker Lexus has officially announced a new recall for approximately 423,000 ...
Safety Section