If you have been following the news out of Detroit, then you know that General Motors is in the midst of one of the biggest product recalls in the history of the automotive business. While this has been a big concern for the company and its investors, the real people at risk are the people who own a GM vehicle and every driver who shares the road with them. In other words, pretty much everyone could be potentially affected by these faulty vehicles.
GM has now recalled 2.6 million small cars with ignition switch issues, 2.7 million vehicles with taillamp malfunctions, and 500 trucks with tie-rod / steering gear rack issues. The steering problem is potentially the most serious, as the loose tie-rod can separate from the steering gear rack and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. All told, GM has recalled 13.8 million vehicles this year, meaning the chances are high that have shared the road with one of the defective vehicles.
By GM’s own estimates, 13 people have died due their faulty ignition switches alone. This is likely a low estimate, as it has not been verified by independent sources. GM owners who have been injured or killed as the result of these defective vehicles may have a strong product liability case. When companies knowingly sell defective products, especially when the defects constitute a real safety risk, they can be found liable for the ensuing damage. Even if a company sells the defective product unknowingly, it can still be found liable if it failed to act promptly in issuing the recall, as may be the case with GM. To learn if you may have a product liability case, you should consult with a professional personal injury attorney here in Atlanta.
If you have been involved in an auto accident with one of these GM vehicles, you should also seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney. In these cases, establishing fault can be difficult. But if the other driver is the victim of a faulty vehicle, you may have a claim against the manufacturer for your damages. Seeking the professional advice of an attorney is the only way to be sure.