GM Vehicle Recall
Written by Faith Anderson on June 11, 2014
More GM Vehicles Recalled for Airbag, Warning System Problems
The total number of General Motors vehicles recalled worldwide so far this year has reached nearly 16 million.
General Motors is recalling another 90,000 vehicles for a variety of safety problems, following multiple recalls issued over the past few months due to concerns about ignition switch and airbag problems in nearly 16 million GM vehicles. The most recent GM vehicle recall was announced on June 6, after the car manufacturer alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about airbag and warning system issues affecting certain General Motors vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a faulty part in a vehicle manufactured by General Motors or another allegedly negligent car company, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by defective products, and can help put you in touch with a reputable lawyer who has experience handling defective auto part claims.
GM Vehicles Affected by Recall
The largest General Motors recall affects 57,512 model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LD and GMC Sierra LD trucks, as well as model year 2015 Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra HD, Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles. All of the recalled vehicles have a problem with the base radio, which may prevent audible alarms from sounding when the key is in the ignition and the driver’s door is open, or when the driver’s seat belt isn’t buckled.
The second largest recall affects 31,620 model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Camaro, Sonic and Cruze compact cars, which may have a problem that prevents the driver’s side airbag from deploying in the event of an accident. GM is also recalling about five dozen model year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Spark and model year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles due to airbag problems, and 33 model year 2014 Chevrolet Corvettes, which may have a short circuit that could disable the safety belt pretensioners, front airbags and Automatic Occupancy Sensing module.
GM’s Delayed Ignition Switch Recall
This latest General Motors recall comes in the wake of a massive ignition switch recall issued in February that has affected 2.5 million Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles manufactured by the car company. According to reports, the recalled GM vehicles may have faulty ignition switches that can cause the cars to turn off unexpectedly if the ignition is jarred, possibly preventing the airbags from being deployed during a car accident. According to General Motors, there have been at least 13 car accident deaths associated with the ignition switch problems in GM vehicles, but federal investigators say that number will likely climb as owners of the recalled vehicles become aware of the problem and GM’s decade-long delay in addressing the serious issue.
An Experienced Auto Defect Attorney Can Help
Last week, GM released an internal investigation indicating that the company became aware of the ignition switch problem in its vehicles as early as 2002, but failed for more than 10 years to take the appropriate action to address the problem or recall the affected vehicles. As a result of this delay and irregularities in the vehicle recall, GM has already been fined $35 million by the NHTSA, and currently faces more than 80 General Motors ignition switch lawsuits filed by GM vehicle owners throughout the country. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident involving a recalled GM vehicle, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck, contact an experienced auto defect attorney today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a complaint against General Motors, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses.