GM has had a large number of recalls in recent years for a variety of problems—the ignition problem, a power steering problem, a problem with the right front driveshaft, a problem with airbags and seatbelts failing. Even some 2018 models are being recalled.
We're investigating the ignition switch problem, which was particularly bad. The switch would move out of the run position, cutting power to the car, and turning off the engine. It could be caused by something as simple as a heavy key chain or a knee bumping against the key fob, and it could result in a loss of control of the vehicle, as it disabled the power steering, brakes, and airbags. The result was 169 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
GM knew about the problem for a decade before issuing a recall in 2014. In 2015, a judge ruled that those suing the company for ignition problems could ask for punitive damages—that is, damages not just for specific losses or injuries but solely to punish GM—for failing to address the problem sooner.
If you have been involved in an accident because of ignition switch problems, fill out the form on this page for a free consultation, to see if you might be eligible for compensation. These are the vehicles involved:
Here are some more recent problems that have resulted in recalls and the GM cars and trucks involved.
Ignition Stuck in the Start Position: It may become difficult to turn the key or the key may become stuck in the start position. If it’s stuck in the start position, it may suddenly snap back into the accessory position, resulting in a loss of power to the engine, steering, braking, and air bags.
Power Steering Issue: According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some Chevy and GMC trucks have a software problem that can cause them to lose their electrical power steering assistance for about one second. This can cause the driver to lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing chances of a crash.
Software Issue: The vehicle’s sensing and diagnostic module can go into test mode, causing the airbags not to inflate and the seatbelts not to work properly during a crash.
Weld and Steering Issues: The front upper control arms may have defective welds that allow them to separate from the bushing, causing difficult in steering and increasing the chance of a crash.
Right Front Intermediate Driveshaft: The right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture on some vehicles and separate while the vehicles are in motion, causing them to lose propulsion.