Victims of serious injuries due to mechanical failures or defects of their vehicles are entitled to compensation under the law. However, victims of personal injury must file their claim within the time frame stipulated by the statute of limitations in the jurisdiction where the case is to be tried. The statute of limitations usually begins to run from the date of the accident which resulted in the harm suffered. Failure to file the claim within the filing deadline will result in the elimination of a victims right to recovery under the law. According to information released by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) General Motors has been aware of issues with the ignition system with several of its vehicles since at least 2004. For more information on current litigation against General Motors for Chevy Cobalt ignition switch defects see here..