Early in 2014, General Motors (GM) was in hot water with both government officials and consumers due to a failure to properly recall vehicles with defective ignition switches. In the months that followed, GM executives ordered a thorough investigation of the company’s safety procedures, which uncovered even more potentially dangerous defects. One such defect that led to another product recall involved the power steering system of 335,000 Saturn Ions that were manufactured from 2004 to 2007.
This defect can cause the power steering systems on these vehicles to suddenly and completely fail. An unexpected power steering failure can cause drivers significant difficulty controlling the direction in which they are driving. Additionally, drivers may struggle to pull the car over out of traffic and to safety. This power steering failure has caused serious accidents and injuries. If you have suffered injury because of this defect in the Saturn Ion or any other GM vehicle, call the office of the Dolman Law Group, today to see how you may hold GM liable for your losses.
Legal Claims against GM
Records show that GM had received thousands of complaints from consumers regarding the power steering on this vehicle, as well as 30,000 claims under warranty for repair of the issue. GM, however, decided the defect was not a safety hazard, so did not issue a recall for many years. In that time, numerous drivers and passengers suffered injury in collisions caused by sudden power steering failure. Such accident victims have begun filing claims against GM stating the following:
- GM manufactured and sold a defective vehicle
- GM had notice of the potentially dangerous defect and took no action
- GM violated federal regulations by not issuing a proper product recall in light of the defect
Many more lawsuits are expected to be filed regarding this issue, so if you have been injured it is not too late to recover for your losses.
Contact a Clearwater Defective Vehicle Attorney for a free consultation
Any type of motor vehicle defect can be dangerous for anyone on the road. The dedicated products liability lawyers at the Dolman Law Group, believe that GM should be held responsible for all of the injuries and losses suffered by victims of accidents caused by negligent vehicle defects. We have the resources and experience to take on a corporate giant like GM, and will work to stand up for every accident victim’s rights. If you have suffered injury due to GM’s negligence in manufacturing defective vehicles, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 for assistance or use the contact form found on our website.