It appears as though the number of deaths linked to the General Motors ignition switch recall is beginning to increase.
As we blogged about previously, millions of GM cars have been recalled over defective ignition switches, which can cause a key to fall out of the switch and/or shut down the motor for the vehicle.
Vehicles included in the recall are the Saturn Ion (2003-2007), Chevrolet Cobalt (2005-2010), Chevrolet HHR (2006-2011), Pontiac G5 (2007-2010), Pontiac Solstice (2006-2010) and Saturn Sky (2007-2010).
The Wall Street Journal reported that GM announced recently that the death toll related to the defective switches now stands at 19, up from the previously reported 13. GM has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to evaluate claim submissions to the company, and so far, his team has reportedly received 125 death claims out of more than 445 claims, which also include injury cases.
The company has declined to say how much it has paid out in settlements, but said that Feinberg’s claim team is working independently. Many safety experts believe the number of deaths and injuries relating to the recall are being underreported, as investigations into crashes may have failed to discover the ignition switch issue at local levels.
Anyone who has a vehicle affected by this recall should take it to the dealership to have the part replaced.
How Can I Speak to an Attorney about the GM Recall?
If you have been injured or have had a loved one killed in a car accident involving one of these vehicles, you should contact our firm immediately.
You should do this before contacting the company or working on a claim, as we can investigate your case and determine the proper amount of compensation you should receive. Remember, while GM may have someone independently investigating claims, you are always putting yourself at risk to receive a less than adequate settlement if you do not have someone on your side thoroughly investigating your case.
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