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GM Issues Another Recall for Defect Attributed to Over 13 Fatalities

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Since GM has issued yet another recall, customers nationwide must take precaution to prevent a tragedy like the loss of 18-year-old Natasha Weigel.

Ken Rimer of Hammond, WI, recently filed a lawsuit against the GM in Minnesota for the wrongful death of Weigel, his 18-year-old step-daughter. In 2006, Rimer lost his step-daughter to a car collision in which the vehicle’s airbags were not deployed, a result of a faulty ignition switch. Rimer argues that it could have saved the lives of his daughter and a 15-year-old girl involved in the crash as well. 13 deaths have been attributed to the car model’s defective ignition switch, which can cause the vehicle to shut off and stall airbag deployment.

Today, GM adds the 2010-2014 Chevy Camaro to their list of product recalls. Earlier this year, GM recalled the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice, 2007 Saturn Sky, and the 2007 Pontiac G5.

GM knew about their faulty ignition switches for years, but only issued its first recall February of this year. Bankruptcy attorney Shelby Jordan discussed why GM dismissed such a dangerous liability. Estimates for a product recall ranged from $200 million to $300 million, not including the additional $500 million in lawsuit expenses. On the verge of bankruptcy, GM prioritized their financial needs in exchange for what could have saved the lives of over a dozen people, including the life of Rimer’s step-daughter.

GM has hired a lawyer to arrange possible settlements with the relatives of those killed. In Virginia, those who file wrongful death suits can be compensated for a number of expenses, including, but not limited to, funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, or a loss of companionship.

Rimer’s loss was a preventable tragedy. Because of GM’s negligence, Rimer and the loved ones of the 13 other victims must battle not only their grief, but the stressful legal burden that lawsuits can entail. Mary Barra, chief executive offer of GM, says that GM will compensate everyone directly impacted by the company’s carelessness. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also been criticized for not forcing GM to recall faulty ignition switches sooner. It is unfortunate, however, that over a dozen people had to lose their lives before GM decided to fulfill their ethical obligation to their customers’ safety.

If you are a concerned owner of one of the car models listed, be sure to contact your local GM dealer to perform repairs on any potential defects discovered.