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More than 300 deaths may be linked to a defect in ignition switches made by General Motors (GM), according to an independent watchdog group. GM recalled 1.6 million cars due to the potential ignition defect and has acknowledged 12 deaths linked to the faulty auto part.
In a March 13, 2014 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Center for Auto Safety said after evaluating data from accident reports connected to two of the recalled GM models, it has found that 303 people were killed in accidents in which the airbags failed to deploy. While the fatalities cannot directly be linked to the ignition problem, it is possible that it was the cause, the group says.
According to the Center for Auto Safety, the data was analyzed by Friedman Research Corp., a group that analyzes vehicle safety. GM challenges the findings and claims that they are speculation.
What Models are Affected by the Recall?
The GM recall involves 1.6 million vehicles; of which 1.4 million are in the U.S. Affected models include:
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs
- 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices
- 2006-2007 Saturn Sky models
- 2007 Pontiac G5 models
- Ion models
- Cobalt models
GM Ignition Defect Lawsuits
At Flood Law Group, we are investigating potential GM defect lawsuits on behalf of people who were seriously injured in accidents in which the airbags failed to deploy and faulty ignition switches could be to blame. Lawsuits allege GM and NHTSA failed to address the issue for years, putting more and more people at risk.
Find Out If You Have a Claim
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in an accident involving one of the models listed above, you may have a right to financial compensation. Even if you are unsure of the exact cause, you should speak with an attorney who will be able to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
Flood Law Group is actively pursuing potential claims on behalf of injured persons and families. To learn more or to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact us today.