General Motors’ (GM) troubles with faulty ignition switches – blamed on “pinching pennies” – that led to a recall in February of 1.6 million vehicles (and has been linked to 13 deaths), may be the start of a wider problem. In fact, the automaker has acknowledged it prompted a broad product safety review.
Since then, GM has announced three new recalls. Although the latest recalls are separate from the one involving defective ignition switches that could cause a vehicle to turn off suddenly, it certainly raises safety concerns.
The first of the latest recalls involves 1.8 million SUVs, stemming from defective airbags. Seatbelt pretensioners, front center and side airbags could fail to deploy if the driver ignores the airbag warning light on the dashboard. This recall affects GMC Acadias and Buick Enclaves (model years 2008-2013), Saturn Outlooks (model years 2008-2010), and Chevrolet Traverses (model years 2009-2013). So far, no injuries have been reported.
The second recall involves 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans (model years 2009-2014). The material for the instrument panel doesn’t meet federal standards and could cause injury to a passenger’s head if not restrained during a crash. There have been no reports of injuries.
The third recall affects nearly 64,000 Cadillac XTS Sedans (model years 2013 and 2014). The problem is with the plug-in brake assembly, which could get dislodged and short out. As a result, it could cause a fire in the engine compartment. GM has received two reports of this happening. However, the vehicles were at the dealership at the time and hadn’t been sold. Again, no injuries were reported.
If you or someone you love has been seriously or fatally injured because of a defective vehicle manufactured by GM or any other automaker, it’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. An attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates can explain potential legal options and damages that may be available. Call 800-550-0000.