General Motors recently announced a recall that may affect Texas residents.
The company is recalling Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compacts because
of unsafe vehicle design.
Six people have been killed as a result of at least 22 accidents in which
faulty ignition switches in the vehicles played a role, according to the
recall. The Cobalts were manufactured in the years 2005-2007. The G5s are from
2007. The result of a malfunction of the defective auto part is very serious.
When the vehicle is jarred or the key ring is loaded with several keys,
the ignition switch malfunctions. According to the manufacturer, it can
cause the driver to lose the ability to steer or brake. They suggested
that the air bags may also be affected.
Experts say that due to the age of the vehicles with the
defective parts, this recall is going to be costly for GM. More than 750,000 vehicles
are affected by this recall, and many are on their second or third owner.
GM says that while customers are waiting for the switch to be replaced,
they should keep the keys on their key ring to the bare necessities.
The ignition problem is known to have played a role in six consumer deaths
so far. That number, as well as the number of people injured, is believed
to possibly be larger, and more incidents will likely be reported as the
issue becomes more widely known. Negligent manufacturers may be held responsible
for any injuries caused by their products. Anyone who has been injured in a
car accident involving defective auto parts may decide to speak to an Austin personal
injury attorney. They might help the injured person file a claim for medical
bills, lost wages or their pain and suffering.
Source: USA Today, "6 killed in GM cars with faulty ignition switches", James R. Healey, February 14, 2014