In 2014 automaker General Motors (GM) admitted to delaying for nearly a decade what should have been an immediate recall on many of their products. As a result dozens were killed and hundreds more injured. If you or a loved one have been involved in any accident involving a GM machine or any other vehicle, and believe it to be a result of poor manufacturing or faulty design, call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today. We have the NY auto product liability attorneys, the experts and the resources to help you take on these negligent companies.
This is an accident not of your doing – and it is up to those responsible to pay. But you’ll need to act quickly. The GM recall is slated to stop accepting applicants for compensation later this year. Additionally, there is a three year window for all product liability suits, so time is of the essence. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today and get the compensation you and your family deserve now.
From roughly 2002 till early 2013, GM engineers installed faulty ignition switches in millions of their vehicles worldwide. These switches, if jostled or hit the right way, could switch the vehicle off – even while driving - rending the car powerless. This unfortunately includes brakes and power steering. As a result, cars moving at a high rate of speed are essentially unstoppable. This is incredibly dangerous and a perfect example of how damaging a defective product can be.
Since the initial installation there have been 30 people killed while operating a GM car and 31 sustained serious injuries. Through a series of high-profile hearings and reports, GM was forced to admit wrong doing and set up a compensation fund for those affected families. Over 1,770 injured individuals have filed claims to date, as well as 196 families who are filing suit for lost loved ones.
If you believe your car could be part of the recall, it is vitally important that you check with the official GM recall page or speak with a trusted mechanic for more information. Some of the brands and models from the past decade that were involved include:
- Cadillac - CTS, Deville, DTS, SRX
- Chevrolet - Camaro, Colbalt, HHR, Imala, Malibu, Monte Carlo
- Oldsmobile - Alero, Intrigue
- Pontiac - Grand AM, Grand Prix, G5, Solstice
- Saturn - Ion, Sky
Provided emergency care wasn’t needed for you or your family, you’ll want to make sure you are safe from harm and the vehicle is a place that will not cause further damage. Then consider the following steps:
- Preserving evidence is the key to victory. It will serve as both offense and defense for you claim. Record and document every step; hospital visits, doctor’s notes, police reports, photos of the scene, witness statements, etc. You’ll want everything.
- Keep the vehicle in a safe area where it will not suffer any further corrosion or damage. Experts will need to examine the car and check for defects.
As of today, roughly over half the cars GM recalled have been returned to their various dealerships. This means a number of these threats are still out there on the road. If you believe your car to be part of the recall and have experienced problems or even been injured due to the vehicles defects - do not hesitate to call the New York GM defective ignition switch lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today. We are prepared to take your case on and dedicate the resources needed to secure your family a suitable compensation. Call today to find out more information in a free case evaluation - the number is (212) 986-7353.
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