GM Considering Payment to Those Injured or Killed as a Result of Ignition Malfunctions

Facing intense public criticism and federal scrutiny, General Motors is moving forward with determining the scope of injuries and deaths caused by an ignition defect that the company has known about for more than 13 years.

To date, GM has not made public the full scope of injuries and deaths caused by this faulty product, citing privacy concerns for the injured.

However, many experts believe that the number of crashes and injuries linked to the faulty ignition is higher than the previously reported 54 accidents and 13 deaths.

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Mike Andrews, Sean Keith’s co-counsel for the trial regarding a seatbelt defect that took the life of Bentonville High School student, Sara Symons, represents two young victims of GM’s negligence.

Josh Cull and Samantha Zollman were both severely injured in October 2012 when their vehicle suddenly lost power steering, power brakes, and airbags.

Mr. Cull and Ms. Zollman have undergone extensive medical treatment for their serious facial injuries sustained in the crash.

The black box data from their 2006 Chevy Cobalt shows that Mr. Cull was going the speed limit and driving normally when the ignition moved to the “off” position, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Mr. Cull lost his right eye and Ms. Zollman has undergone 8 facial reconstruction surgeries as result of her injuries.

You can read more here about the latest on the potential settlements and the work that Mike Andrews and other attorneys are doing for those injured by GM’s negligence.

GM has recalled a total of 17.73 million vehicles in the United States since February 13, 2014.

The recalls based upon the faulty ignition include the following vehicle makes and models:

  •     Buick Lacrosse    2005-2009
  •     Buick Lucerne     2006-2011
  •     Buick Regal LS & GS     2004-2005
  •     Cadillac Deville    2000-2005
  •     Cadillac DTS     2004-2011
  •     Chevrolet Camaro    2010-2014
  •     Chevy Cobalt     2005-2010
  •     Chevrolet HHR    2006-2011
  •     Chevrolet Impala     2006-2014
  •     Chevy Monte Carlo     2006-2008
  •     Chevy Malibu    2004-2009
  •     Chevy Malibu Maxx    2004-2006
  •     Daewoo G2X    2007-2009
  •     Opel GT     2008-2010
  •     Open/Vauxhall GT     2007
  •     Pontiac G5    2003-2010
  •     Pontiac G6    2004-2009
  •     Pontiac Pursuit    2005-2007
  •     Pontiac Solstice    2006-2010
  •     Saturn Aura    2008-2009
  •     Saturn ION    2003-2007
  •     Saturn Sky    2007-2010

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a vehicle of any of these listed makes or models, please contact our office for a free consultation.

There may be instances where the driver does not remember the crash or the cause of the crash.

If you are unsure of whether you or your loved one has a claim, please let us provide a free review of your potential case.


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