As reported by Law360 (subscription), General Motors had the opportunity to fix its defective ignition switches in 2002 — for about $2,000. That’s not a misprint; for about two thousand dollars, the company could have obtained a “stronger ignition switch than the one that ended up costing lives, jobs and a corporate reputation.” But GM decided against it.
This revelation emerged on March 21st in the second bellwether trial over GM’s recalled switches, whose defect can cause a car’s engine and electrical system to suddenly shut off, disabling the air bags and posing great risks to the safety of a vehicle’s occupants. The trial is ongoing.
Legal Rights of Those Injured by Defective Cars
Automakers have a legal duty to produce cars that are safe, and promptly correct any known safety defects. Damages in personal injury lawsuits against auto manufacturers for selling defective vehicles with safety flaws include damages for:
- Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
- Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
- Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
- Punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct.
If the driver or occupant was killed, surviving families members may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented persons across the United States injured in car accidents due to safety defects in the vehicle.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident linked to a faulty GM ignition key or switch, please contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. You can also call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak with auto accident attorney Fabrice N. Vincent.