GM is in hot water after federal data has linked 303 deaths to recalled General Motor’s cars whose airbags did not deploy properly. Yet GM does not agree with this data. The Center for Auto Safety is up in arms after GM reported that only 12 deaths were directly linked to a defect in an ignition switch that caused cars to shut off while driving, thereby disabling the airbag system. The Center for Auto Safety says that there is data to support the fact that 303 deaths were in fact linked to this defect, not just 12.
There are possible reasons why cars could be involved in fatal accidents without airbags deploying. One of those reasons is in a side impact crash or rollover crash. Side air bags are designed to protect passengers and occupants, but not all vehicles carry them. In side impact crashes, the frontal airbags are usually not deployed.
At the present moment, GM has hired outside investigators to conduct a full investigation into the recall and the mounting deaths. They have recalled 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s, as well as 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices, and the 2007 Saturn Sky.
In addition to GM’s investigation, a Congressional committee and federal prosecutors in New York are also conducting their own probes into the safety recalls. They are currently investigating whether GM and the NHTSA ignored safety issues for too long, directly leading to numerous deaths and horrific accidents. Current evidence shows that GM’s own engineers were aware of this safety issue as early as 2004, yet no recall was issued until this past February—10 years later.
Currently, GM also faces numerous lawsuits from crash victims, their families, and even GM shareholders.
Automakers have a responsibility to ensure that the product they manufacture is safe and reliable for consumers across the United States. When they fail to do so, they can—and should—be held liable for their negligence. If you or someone you love was injured in a GM car accident and the airbags did not deploy, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against GM or take part in a class action lawsuit.
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