The first of six bellwether trials for claims remaining against General Motors Co. will begin this month in New York City. The plaintiff in this first trial, Robert S. Scheuer, suffered a vehicular collision in Oklahoma. Mr. Scheuer blames a faulty ignition switch for preventing his airbags from deploying during the crash. It will be the first from hundreds of lawsuits filed against GM after it revealed in 2014 that faulty ignition switches in Chevy Cobalts and other small cars required recall. The ignition switches can slip out of the on position and cause the cars to turn off the air bags, stall, and stop the power steering.
Another car manufacturing is facing recall troubles due to defective ignition switches. Fiat Chrysler announced Friday that they will be recalling 703,000 minivans and SUVS with the faulty ignition switch that can rotate out of position. Vehicles included in this action are the 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Journey. This defect can cause vehicles to stall, lose power, and disable their airbags. Fiat Chrysler previously announced recalls in 2011 and 2014 due to this defective ignition switch and attempted to fix the defect.
February of this year, General Motors (GM) notified the National Highway Traffic Safety System (NHTSA) that it was recalling vehicles because of a defective ignition switch that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle. GM knew about faulty ignition switches in its various vehicle models for more than a decade but did not issue a recall until February 2014. The ignition switches can slip out of the "ON" position, which can cause the vehicles to stall, disable power steering, and turn off the air bags. This is a serious safety issue that should have been addressed immediately.
A defective ignition switch installed in General Motors vehicles has caused thirteen deaths and severely injured a Houston-area woman. Tiffany Adams, a 30 year old Sam Houston State University graduate, was traveling on U.S. 59 on December 23, 2013. A defective "ignition module" caused her key placed in the ignition to inadvertently switch from the "run" to the "off" or "accessory" position. As a result, Adams' 2007 Pontiac Solstice spun out of control, hit a tree and prevented Adams' airbags from deploying. The impact left Adams with a broken neck, broken ribs and injuries to both of her legs that required amputation. About two months after the accident that took her legs and broke her spine, Ms. Adams received a letter from GM informing her that her vehicle was being recalled.