The recent GM recall regarding allegedly defective ignition switch was just the beginning for GM; multiple recalls have taken place since then. Consumers, media, and even the government have started questioning GM’s overall safety protocol, which is why consumers driving a vehicle on the GM recall list, or consumers injured in a GM vehicle, should consider seeking legal counsel.
If you have a vehicle that contains a defective ignition switch, it is important that you are aware of your legal rights. While GM has stated that only 13 deaths have been linked with the ignition switch failure, experts are speculating that this number could increase as more people come forward.
Latest News Relating to the GM Recall
On May 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation fined GM its maximum penalty of $35 million for reportedly delaying a GM recall for the defective ignition switches when GM allegedly knew about the defective part for over ten years without doing anything about it. This press release also states that the agency wants this fine to put automakers on notice that they will be held responsible for their products and delays in alerting the public to risks or safety-related defects.
Since the GM recall regarding the allegedly defective ignition switch, multiple other recalls have taken place, causing a record-breaking recall year for GM. A fuel gauge recall and steering defect recall have been two of the recent recalls that have been reported.
GM Seeks to Potentially Settle Claims
GM has hired a leading compensation mediator to settle claims with injured parties. Kenneth Feinberg has extensive experience in dealing with victims harmed in serious accidents. He was the leading mediator for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, BP oil spill and Boston Marathon bombing victims. Mr. Feinberg will be tasked with the responsibility of settling over 300 claims stemming from the GM recall. Mr. Feinberg has stated that he is currently evaluating the “quality and quantity” of cases being asserted against GM. If you believe that you may have a claim arising from the GM recall, you may still have time to seek legal counsel.
Contact Attorney Group for Oklahoma for More Information on the GM Recall
If you have been injured in a GM vehicle related to a GM recall, contact Attorney Group for Oklahoma to discuss your legal rights and determine whether you have a claim. We can provide a free consultation, and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you file a lawsuit.