On May 20, 2014 GM recalled another 2.5 million vehicles for serious safety and performance issues. This recall brings the company’s total for the year to around 15 million involving some serious defects. If you’ve been injured because of a vehicle defect, you can assert your rights to fair compensation in a car defect lawsuit.
GM’s Latest Recall
The recent recall covers almost 2.5 million vehicles for a variety of problems. Below are the major recalls announced on May 20, 2014:
- 1.34 million Buick Enclaves, Chevrolet Traverses, GMC Acadias, and Saturn Outlooks: These vehicles are being recalled because the front safety lap belt cables may wear out over time, increasing the risk of injury in an accident. The model years are for 2009-2014, but for the Saturn Outlook the recall covers model years 2009-2010.
- 1.08 million Chevrolet Malibus (2004-2008) and Pontiac G6s (2005-2008): These vehicles experience problems with the shift cables increasing the risk of an accident.
- 1,402 Cadillac Escalades and Escalade ESVs: The airbags in these vehicles can become attached to the instrument panel resulting in partial deployment during an accident, increasing the risk of injury. GM has stopped sale of these vehicles.
- 58 2015 Chevrolet Silverados HD and GMC Sierras: These cars are at an increased risk for a fire hazard.
Timeline of GM’s Bad Year of Recalls
For the year 2014, over 15 million GM vehicles have been recalled. The slew of recalls began with a major announcement on February 13, 2014 for a defect tied to at least 13 deaths nationwide. Since that date, GM has issued many other multi-million vehicle recalls.
Below is a timeline and brief list of major GM recalls in 2014:
- February 13, 2014: GM announces a recall of 2.1 million vehicles for a faulty ignition switch problem. The company added more vehicles to the recall on February 25, 2014. These switches can inadvertently turn to the off position while the car is driving, increasing the risk of accident and injury.
- March 17, 2014: GM announces a recall of 1.2 million vehicles for defects affecting the side impact airbag deployment that may restrict deployment.
- March 31, 2014: The company recalls 1.3 million vehicles for a defect that may cause loss of power steering while driving.
- May 16, 2014: GM recalls 2.5 million cars for malfunctioning brake lights.
What to Do if You Think You Were Affected by a GM Defect
If you were injured by any car defect, you may be able to bring claims against the car manufacturer for liability.
To win the lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove:
- he or she was injured in the accident;
- the car had a defect;
- the defect caused the accident; and
- the plaintiff suffered damages.