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Defective Ignition Switch

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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.

The plaintiffs in this case allege that many car manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, and others, produced and sold a defective keyless ignition system that fails to automatically turn off the vehicle after a certain amount of time in which the key is not present.  This defect has had lethal consequences because individuals have exited the vehicle after parking it in their garage without realizing that it was still running.

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that more than 12 million General Motors vehicles contain defective ignition switches that can lead to the vehicles stalling.  More specifically, the ignition switch is located very close to the drivers’ knees and can inadvertently move from “run” to “accessory” or “off” at any time during normal and proper operation of the vehicle.  This lawsuit covers failures that have taken place in vehicles from before and after Old GM was bailed out.  New GM has promised that its new vehicles will be safer, more efficient, and culturally important.