General Motors has recalled nearly 13.8 million vehicles in the U.S. this year. This is in comparison to the 1.2 million vehicles it sold from 2009 to 2013. GM's troubles began earlier this year when it recalled 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition switch problem that has since been linked to at least 13 deaths. An independent report by Friedman Research Corp., which GM has challenged, estimated the deaths could be in the hundreds.
Mid-March, GM recalled 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs because seat-mounted side airbags could fail due to a fault in the wiring. At the same time, it recalled 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans because a plug in the brake system could come loose, allowing corrosion into the system, causing overheating that could lead to engine-compartment fires. GM said it announced the recall after reports of two fires at dealerships in dealer-owned cars, and two reports of warranty claims, but not fires, in customers' cars. Also in mid-March, GM recalled 303,000 2009-2014 big commercial vans. Unbelted front passengers in full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans could suffer head injuries in crashes or hard stops because the material covering the passenger-side air bag didn't meet federal standards
In May, GM recalled 56,214 Saturn Aura sedans because a transmission cable could come loose and prevent the vehicles from being shifted into the proper gear. A driver could shift the gear lever into "park" but the transmission wouldn't engage that setting and the cars could roll away. Within the next few days, GM recalled 8,590 of its 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans because the factory might have placed rear brakes on the front wheels. GM recalled 51,640 of its popular 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossover SUVs to fix inaccurate gas gauges. If the vehicles unexpectedly ran out of gas, they could stall and cause a crash.
If you have purchased a car that has recently been recalled, you may be entitled to several legal remedies, including:
- Economic damages: you may be able to recoup lost value of the car's resale value. You may also be able to recover for loss of use of the car
- Personal injury recovery: if the defective automobile resulted in physical injuries to you, you may be able to recover for the costs associated with the injury
- Class action: If the recall has affected enough numbers of consumers, a class action lawsuit might be an available option
- Manufacturer reimbursement: Some auto manufacturers may voluntarily pay repair bills the defective product caused before the recall.
Sometimes, however, you may need to initiate litigation to be compensated for your financial as well as your physical losses. From SUV rollovers to fuel fed fires and faulty door latches, there are a variety of vehicle safety defects that can lead to severe injuries in a car crash. At Portner & Shure, we have handled these cases for over twenty years. We have the experience and technical resources to analyze your auto accident case, answer your questions, and pursue the compensation you deserve.