GM Cobalt Ignition Switch Defect Class Action Lawsuit Information 2014

GM Cobalt Ignition Switch Defect Class Action Lawsuit Information 2014

General Motors Ignition Switch Defect Update June 30, 2014: General Motors has offered set if a fund to pay millions of dollars to injured victims and families of individuals who died in accidents caused by their vehicles ignition switch defects. According to GM attorney Kenneth R. Feinburg, charged with the distribution of the funds, “Individuals who have suffered terribly in this whole experience deserve prompt treatment of their claim, and we will do that,”.

We are currently investigating possible class action and single party claims against General Motors (GM) for injuries and deaths due to defective ignition-switches in their vehicles resulting in numerous auto accidents across the United States. Our defective product law firm is able to represent victims of General Motors ignition switch defects in all 50 statesThe vehicles of greatest concern to national safety officials issuing the recall is the 2005-2007 model year Chevrolet Cobalt. Other vehicles in the GM line with the defect include the

  • 2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles.

According to the lates information the NHTSA has launched an investigation into the matter of General Motors failure to promptly recall the 1.6 million vehicles determined to contain the defect. The problem with the vehicles is that the ignition switch in the recalled vehicle can be inadvertently turned form the run position into the accessory position when the car is being driven resulting in the engine being shut off and all other systems necessary for safe driving including the power steering, airbags and anti-lock brakes being disables. Based on the latest information there have been 300 reported deaths and more than 1,000 accidents caused by the defect.

GM Cobalt Defect Lawsuit Information – How To Win A Class Action Lawsuit

Injuries caused by defective products necessitate the filing a product liability lawsuit. Such claims can be bought against any individual or entity that played a part in its sale and distribution. A cause of action for a defective product claim can be successfully litigated in one of three ways.

1. Proving the existence of a defect in the original design of the automobile.

2. Showing the presence of a defect caused by faulty manufacturing of the product.

3. Failure to properly warn the consumer or end user of ll known and knowable dangers associated with the use of the product.

What is a Class Action Lawsuit: Class action lawsuits are filed when there are a large number of injured parties with a similar claim against and at fault party. Class action claims require certification with the court before they can be filed. Certification involves showing the court the existence of several important factors germane to the case at hand.  (1) Large number of claimants so as to make the filing of single party claim impractical. (2) The claimants have a similar issue of fact or law. (3) The class representative has the legal and financial resources to adequately represents the will of the other claimants. (4) The class representative interests in the case are aligned with the other claimants who have members of the class action lawsuit.

Further Information: Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit Against GM

Compensation Available for Victims of Defective Automobiles Manufactured By General Motors

Victims of personal injury are entitled under the law to seek compensation for all harms emanating from a liable parties negligent or illegal actions. The average case value on defective product cases is dependent on the types and severity of damages suffered. A brief description of damages compensable include the following…

  • All medical costs associated with the injury including but not limited to future medical and rehabilitation needs.
  • Pain and suffering – thins included emotional trauma and mental anguish.
  • Loss of wages and loss of future income capacity due to disabilities.

Wrongful Death Claims – Lawsuit by Families Who have Lost a Loved One Due to a Recalled Car: Historically relatives of individual who died did not have a cause of action to pursue civil remedies against at fault and or liable parties. Over the year almost all sates and jurisdictions in the United States have enacted various statutes allowing for relatives to file wrongful death lawsuits. For more information on wrongful death lawsuits against GM see here

Other issues to consider: It is important to note that not that these cases will likely take some time to finalize. Additionally at this time it is not certain whether the GM, which was once almost bankrupt will be responsible or will the newly emerged GM be on the hook. This is particularly important because punitive damages may apply, which will cause GM to pay significant penalties and damages. However, the old GM does not have the assets necessary to pay for these damages. Although it is possible to assert a claim for damages against GM’s current operating corporation or entity.

Speaking With an Attorney Regarding Your Claim: The attorneys and supporting staff at the DTLA Law Group understand the challenges of dealing with the death of a loved one or severe injuries resulting from a defect in an automobile or any other consumer product. Our dedicated and professional staff is here to help answer any legal questions you may have. Feel free to contact our law offices toll free (855)385-2529.

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I had an accident in 2011 but my car was a Pontiac G6. No airbag deployed and I contacted GM about it. I was hit by a bus straight on. Could they have tried to cover up the fact that airbag was defective? Should I be apart of this lawsuit?

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I owned both a 2005 Chevy Cobalt and a 2006 Ion. I traded the Cobalt because of the ignition issue. I would put my car in park and it would not let the keys out of the ignition. I would have to pull the shifter all the way back to drive and then shove it in park before I could get my keys to release. I purchased the 2006 Ion and I had five key switches put in it. I would be driving down the road and my keys would just fall out onto the floor. I am one of the lucky ones because I decided it safer to just trade the cars off. I now own a Kia Optima and have not had any issues with it. I was a die hard GM person for 25 years and now I will probably never own another GM product in my life time.

Thank You
Donna Elliott

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My 2007 saturn ion shut down when I was driving march 5th, the car behind me almost hit me. I got my recall notice yesterday. I am so angry that I was sold a car they knew was defective. What can be done?

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I own a 2006 Ion and was never told about the faulty ingnition switch my car currently shut down on me all of the time while driving. My ignition switch is also getting stuck. Also on December 31, 2013 last year I was in car accident hit car running red light head on and my air bags in car did not deploy at all. My back seat flew completely opened on me and thank God my grandchildren were not in the back seats of car

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We own a 2006 Cobalt and have a problem with the key since we brought it. It doesn’t always release the key you muse restart it and move the shifter to drive and again put it in park hard to get the key to release. Our car is a 2006 with 47860 actual miles the dealers don’t want to offer us a offer if we trade.
I’ve been told I can get a good price for it if sell it my self. The car has ben taken excellent care of I am 68 – 6/01 and Yvonne 67 – 5/26.

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we had many many problems with ignition, engine shut off ,wont start, keys getting stuck 2005 cobalt

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my daughter lives in Avoca, IA and has a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. This past year and this year her car shut down while she was driving. They told her it was a fuel pump, then at least 2 times fuel sensors. After the first repair her car shut down again while driving in less than a month. I helped her pay bills for repairs of close to $1000. She still owes about $200 and refuses to pay. Her check engine light has been on for over one month. Can she recover for the repairs that may or may not have fixed this recall related problem.

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PLEASE HELP!!!! I own a 2007 Saturn Ion . 2 years ago the problem started with the ignition .car wouldn’t shut off, key was stuck on the on position. replaced the ignition switch (out of pocket) and towing bill. Currently I’m dealing the the issue again. In Dec 2013 my power steering went out without any notice. I never know when its going to stop working. I took into the dealership to be repaired on a recall and was told they could not help me cause I was over the 150,000 miles . When does a recall have a limit on the mileage? At the same time I had the dealership look at the fuel pump. I have fuel spots on my garage floor and can smell gas fumes at different times . They had the car for 30mins and told me nothing was wrong. I have a car that is unsafe and cant get any help.

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Ion. Stalled in traffic so any times!!! Could not turn key sometimes. They never could remove key and had to leave it in the car! I read somewhere some had other things on the key ring that weighted it down, but all we had was the key itself!!! We got this for our daughter and this makes me sick to know GM new and these precious people lost there lives.How can GM be so negligent ? These people have a lot to live with . I praise God our daughter was not hurt . GM and any other company should be held very accountable for there actions like this , more than being sued , if they new they should be serving time in prison under so many counts. What is wrong with people and their work ethics that they let innocent people get hurt and die. It’s actually murder. To the family’s out there that were affected and lost a loved one I am so sorry and I pray your pain will be eased and one day you will see your loved one again.

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We bought a 2006 cobalt had it for about 1month we were on free way and husband couldn’t turn steering wheel. lost control of are car and hit the concrete medium totaled car. Husband was going to change lanes and could not as he could not steer the car it had 300 miles on it is there anything we can do. I was injured lost time from work is it to late to file law suit

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I purchased a Certified used2006 Chevy Cobalt and also purchased the warranty. Last year, my keys locked up while I was at Kroger’s, the car shut down. I really didn’t know what was wrong with it at the time. Presently, I am in a loaner car waiting for parts. I contacted GM and informed them that I did not feel safe driving the car and did not trust the fix they proposed. I was given the number of the dealer where I purchased the car. They only remedy he said GM offered was a $5oo rebate on a new GM Car. I informed him, what would not even pay for a tag. I am disabled and paid cash for my car when I got my disability check. I know I would not have money for monthly payments. I have no money now to buy a new car. If I had know their was this type of defect, I would not have bought this car. I really hope we can get help with these defective cars.

    Dear Mary,

    At this time we are pursuing cases against GM for both diminished value and injuries. Someone from my office will be reaching out to you in order to discuss the next step. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

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I was in a serious head on MVA in 2007 with no air bag deployment. My steering column needed to be replaced. I was told by the adjuster because the impact was not exactly in the center (3″off center) was the reason my airbags didn’t deploy. I have had 2 bi-level cervical fusions, 1 back surgery, a depressed skull fracture and have more surgeries to be done in the future. Any thoughts?
At the time of the accident, my car immediately lost all power at impact.

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I had an accident in a 2010 Chevy HHR bcz the car turned off in the middle of a turn & resulted in the car being totalled and me out of work for 6 months. How do I file a claim? The 2 yr mark is in August.

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After picking up my 7yr old at the time, and with my 7mth old baby, my cobalt switch ignition just moved to the off position out of the blue and luckily there were no cars around. I had to wait for the car to stop, since the breaks didn’t fully worked and finally put the car into park position to start the ignition again. My way home was a nightmare for me, because I was so scare of what had happened. After calling around I was told about the recall and a couple of months later I finally got the letter. I tried selling my car because my family and I did not feel safe anymore in that car, but of course, no one would buy it. My dad decided to help me out and took it from me so we could get a safer vehicle for me and the kids. After I contacted the dealer when the letter arrived, we have yet gotten a call back to fix the car because they have not received the part.
My car was paid off, I am a student, my husband barely makes 1000 a month and with our tax money we bought another car. We could have used that money for food and pay bills. Not to mention, the thought of what could have happened to my children that day, hunts me every day.

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My car has had to many recalls. The value has decreased so much that it is not worth much for a trade in. I do not know if anybody out there is afraid to drive this car due to fear of an accident. The dealer service man said there is another recall on the power steering that was a defect put in my car on the first one. I am scared to drive this car and since it has had so many recalls I would like to have either my money back or a voucher for at least the amount of $17500 to be put towards the car of my choice because the statue of limitation I am not sure has ran out here in the state of Kentucky. Can anybody help me.

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I had a car accident a couple years ago involving a 2008 Pontiac G6 GT where I hit a culvert and flipped a few times and the air bags didn’t deploy could that mean mine was also part of this?

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I have a 2006 chevy cobalt and it has been a lemon every since I bought it in 2007 with 13,000 miles on it. I also purchased the extended warranty through the dealer. It has seemed to have nothing but electronic issues. The car actually died going down the road because it had so many error codes built up in the system. I cant tell you how many times I have gone back and forth to the dealer with this car. Had to have the power steering fixed because of a defect. Most recently, I just had the ignition switch replaced. Got tired of dealing with all the problems and wanted a reliable car, so I just gave up and purchased another car. Cobalt is currently sitting in my driveway not being driven. I would like to sell it, but don’t believe it would even be worth it because who would want it now after 13 people have died and it has been blasted all over the news. I would like to be part of this suit for these problems affecting the resale value of my car.

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I had a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, which stalled on multiple occasions putting my life at risk. The mechanics could never seem to figure out the problem. I was even assured by the Chevy Dealer it was safe to drive after the vehicle was in their possession for a couple of weeks. I complained to the NHTSA, California State Attorney General, and the Goodyear Credit Company and the local Chevy Dealer. Because of the unexpected locking of the steering wheel and unexpected stalling, I became afraid of the vehicle. I had to go out and purchase another vehicle for safety and peace of mind.

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In 2006 I bought my Chevy cobalt new with 5 miles on it. I have since then had several issue with it. I have had my car shut off while driving down the freeway at 70 mph no brake control or power steering. I was very blessed to have not gotten injured. (that happened 3 times) I also a year or so after first buying it. MY keys would lock and could not get them out. I had also hit 4 deer in my car ( insurance didnt total care just paid for it to be fixed) 3 of which were head on moved the actual frame into my engine and my air bags NOT ONCE went off. I was rear ended didnt go off. I was hit from the side by a drunk driver never went off. This car is a tank as far as not crumbling when I got hit. But there are several times( well all) my air bags should have gone off. I could not afford a new car so i had to just let the insurance company pay for the repairs. But this should have been addressed. I was blessed to have never gotten hurt i am wear my seatbelt always. But that shouldnt matter, you are put at risk and shouldnt have to because GM didnt want to fix their problem. All i have had since i bought this car BRAND NEW was issues. And never feeling safe. but when you cant afford something else you just have to keep using it. I will NEVER buy another GM vehicle

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I got a cobaltl and a g-5 they fixed the switch in both drove the g-5 about 20 miles went over railroad tracks and it shut off and wont start called team chevy and gm cant get any answer been getting run around for about 5 months getting tierd of it would like to just get rid of them what can I do

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In February I purchased a 2005 CHEVROLET COBOLT I only had the car four months and i had problems the whole time up until the day it was wrecked the first week I had problems with the power steering. they put a transmission in the car before three weeks was up. After replacing the transmission the switch started acting up the key wouldn’t turn and the switch constantly kept jamming . I then had problems with the alarm kept going off at random times and the check engine light stayed on the dash board kept saying the gas cap was open or the trunk and it wasn’t it was saying it was raining when it wasn’t . They put in sensors and a computer. this did not solve the problem. Then the key started getting stuck in the ignition the car lot I purchased the vehecle from done all they could so I had to take the car to the chevrolet dealership they then told me the car had a recall on the switch air bags and problems with the cobolt’s catching fire . so they said that may be what was causing all those problems . The dealership put me on a waiting list for three weeks they were going to work on it and put an ignition switch in.
The same night the car was returned my daughter was driving the car in a 25 mph street. A car came up behind her at a high rate of speed. She moved over to the right to let the car by when she went to straighten up the switch locked up and the car cut off. We did not realize this until the tow driver informed us that the steering wheel was locked . The air bag did not come out . My daughters hand was sprang by the wheel locking. She was transported to the hospital by the rescue squad. This was not in this accident report because the officer wrote a quick report and never followed up at the hospital. I can provide a statement from the tow company that the steering wheel locked up on impact. (that totaled my car) I had made an appointment with the Chevrolet company in town to get a new switch put in on the recall but the accident happened a week later the car lot we purchased the car from they kept the car two weeks for this repair. Every month we had the car in the shop for the same problem I was making payments for a car that stayed in the shop continuously.

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I own a 2006 Cobalt. It was involved in a front end accident and no airbags went off. The car seemed to loose power and the brakes did not work. No one was seriously hurt and GMC says they will not do anything because no one was badly injured. The emotional toll of an accident is bad enough, refusing to help due to no injuries is disgusting. This car was, is and always will be defected and Thank God no one was injured. I have been making the payments and don’t want to drive this trap and it seems there’s not much one can do.

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my son had an accident in 2009 with his chevrolet cobalt and his airbag never came out and he was killed. i never heard anything else about the accident. at this time i really need some assistance on it

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I have a 2007 cobalt and I hit a deer head on costed 2000 in damages and no air bags deployed should they have developed the entire front end of my car was redone the hood was bent up all in the middle i just want to know should the air bags deployed in this situation any help would be great

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I was driving through my 2009 Cobalt SS through the mountains with my girlfriend, and came around a horseshoe turn. On this turn there was no guard rail, with cliffs.. Midway through my steering wheel locked, so i pulled the emergency brake which spun us around sending us off of the cliff backwards. We went down about 200 Feet smashing into a tree. Airbags failed to go off. Thank god we fortunate enough and my quick smart reaction saved our lifes! The only injury suffered was from me, and i cut my wrist just missing my artery. And to this day my back and neck have never been the same, not being to workout, or be as active as i was before, and have yet to see a Dr. This happened August, 2012.

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