General Motors named in class action lawsuits over design defect in ignition switches of millions of GM vehicles

General Motors

Numerous class action complaints have been filed naming General Motors and its part supplier, Delphi, for concealing a dangerous defect in the design of the ignition switches installed in millions of GM vehicles.

According to the complaint, GM’s defective Delphi-manufactured ignition switches have several common switch points, including the “run” (or “on”), “off,” and “acc” (for “accessory”) positions. In the “run” or “on” position, the vehicle’s engine is running and its electrical systems have been activated. In the “acc” position, the engine is turned off but electrical power is generally still supplied only to the vehicle’s entertainment system. In the “off” position, both the vehicle’s engine and electrical systems are turned off.

The defective ignition switches were improperly positioned and prone to becoming loose, thus allowing an inadvertent switch from the “run”/“on” position to either “acc” or “off” during normal operation of the affected vehicles, causing a loss of power to the vehicle’s engine or its electrical systems or both while the vehicle is being driven. Failure of the electrical systems would compromise the vehicle’s power-assisted steering, anti-lock brakes, and safety-airbag systems, putting the vehicle’s drivers and passengers in grave danger.

The ignition switch defect can occur during normal operation of the affected vehicles with catastrophic results such as loss of engine power, loss of power steering, loss of anti-lock braking, and/or loss of the safety airbag system.

As alleged, despite learning of the potential for engine failure and/or loss of steering, braking, and/or airbag functionality as a result of defectively designed ignition switches, GM, for more than 10 years, took no steps to protect or even inform its consumers of the defect or its associated risks.

The complaint alleges that GM failed to disclose the ignition switch defects even after it had become aware that such defects were causing serious and often fatal accidents. To date, GM has recalled nearly 2.6 million vehicles and has linked 13 deaths to the defectively designed ignition switches manufactured by Delphi.

Class: All persons in the United States who own or lease at least one of the following vehicles (collectively referred to herein as the “Vehicles”): 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt; 2007-2010 Pontiac G5; 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR; 2006 -2010 Pontiac Solstice; and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky.

Edna T. said
1685 days ago
I was involved in a accident 8/5/14, my 2011 traverse's steering seem to fail as well as my airbag did not deploy. The insurence adjuster said appromitly 12,000 in damages. I was bruised, but not seriously injured. There was no other vehicle involved, thank goodness. I hit a brick sign entering my sub division. Need to know my options.

Staci W. said
927 days ago
My car is ruined due to these makers of this vehicle. The stabelizer bar broke off hitting my engines main seal causing mr to wreck into a guard rail and now my transmission fluid leKs out in second. I camt drivey vehicle I previously had tranny worked on paid over 1000 to get it fixed Nd nothing has gotten better.

Virginia F. said
401 days ago
Had to have our car junked. Received no compensation. Car shut off while driving on the expressway when my knee would bump into the keys. Super dangerous. Called GM and was told to take any "Dangly" items from keys to avoid bumping into it...ummm not a safety remedy!

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