We hold manufacturers responsible for injuries caused by defective components
As a vehicle owner, the last thing you want to have to worry about is a defect in your car’s critical systems. Unfortunately, a significant number of car owners have faced such worry – at this point, 31 accidents have directly attributed to General Motors faulty ignition switches throughout the United States. The number of accidents caused by faulty ignition switches is likely much higher, however.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident caused by a faulty ignition switch, it is important to discuss your rights with an experienced lawyer. At The Law Offices of Michael B. Morsillo, Esq., we leverage more than 20 years of experience to provide comprehensive legal advice to GM faulty ignition switch accident victims throughout the Ft. Lauderdale area.
Why are faulty ignition switches so dangerous?
A recent review of federal crash data commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety reveals startling information. The review identified more than 300 deaths in accidents involving the under-deployment of airbags, a direct result of GM faulty ignition switches.
In these accidents, faulty ignition switches may have caused the vehicle’s ignition to slip to the off position, cutting power to the car and causing air bags to fail to properly deploy. Without power, the driver may be unable to control the vehicle, and is left unprotected in the event of an accident.
What causes issues with faulty ignition switches?
The review of accidents involving GM faulty ignition switches has revealed a number of factors that may cause issues, including:
- Heavy key chains: GM faulty ignition switch issues can be caused by something as trivial as a heavy key chain. When the ignition switch is subjected to the stress of a heavy key chain or a key ring with multiple keys, the ignition switch may fail, leading to the loss of power to the vehicle and failure of the airbags.
- Jolting events: Faulty ignition switch issues have been attributed to forceful jolts to the vehicle, such as those caused by running over a pothole, driving off the road or hitting a large bump. In these cases, the jolt causes the ignition to turn off, leaving the driver exposed to a potential accident and injuries.
Issues with faulty ignition switches are most likely to occur in specific Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles, including the Cobalt and HHR manufactured by Chevrolet, the Ion and Sky models manufactured by Saturn and the G5 and Solstice manufactured by Pontiac.
Who is liable for faulty ignition switch injuries?
In the case of GM faulty ignition switches, the manufacturer holds liability for injuries and losses resulting from crashes caused by the defect. The high-profile nature of the situation has revealed several disturbing facts about the company’s foreknowledge of the issue and its failure to recall the defective ignition switches.
The company may be liable for any losses resulting from faulty ignition switch accidents, including the victims’:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of potential income
- Property repair or replacement
Contact our Ft. Lauderdale personal injury firm to discuss your GM faulty ignition switch concerns
Understanding the complex legal aspects of accidents involving GM faulty ignition switches can be challenging. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a crash caused by a faulty ignition switch, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible.
At The Law Offices of Michael B. Morsillo, Esq., we provide the insightful and informative legal advice you need to understand your rights as a victim, and your options for pursuing justice for your losses. We also provide our services on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you are not responsible for legal fees unless we help you recover compensation.
Call 954-202-0408 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with our Ft. Lauderdale GM faulty ignition switch accident lawyer.