By: Darrell Castle
General Motors has recalled another 3 million vehicles around the world this week. This has become somewhat of a monthly bulletin announcement for the massive car company as this brings the total amount of GM recalls to over 20 million for the year.
This recall can be attributed to the infamous faulty ignition switch crisis that’s been linked to eight crashes and six injuries. This recall covers cars from model years 2000 to 2014.
Due to the size of the hole on the key, extra weight can be added to the keychain, causing it to jostle the ignition. This can result in the ignition switch moving out of the run position, turning off the power steering and power braking while the car is being driven!
This is the same problem GM is under heat and facing lawsuits for as it took the company over a decade to recall cars after the problem originally surfaced earlier this year. At least 13 deaths have been blamed for the earlier ignition switch problem.
Cars affected by this new recall won’t require ignition switch replacements. Instead, GM dealerships will add an insert to the car key to close the slot and leave only a small hole for the key ring to be placed. This will keep the weight of the keys from jostling the ignition.
These ignition switch issues are no small matter and can really be dangerous, and that’s evident by the amount of car accidents, injuries and even deaths linked to the problem.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should always, first and foremost, seek medical attention. After you’ve been treated, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you should speak to an experienced car accident attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
Just remember, if you’re blaming a faulty car product for your injury, the injury will probably need to be a pretty serious one. When you’re blaming these products, you’re going up against a powerful car company with deep pockets who will more than likely throw a lot of money towards litigation. Because of that, the risk needs to be worth the reward. An experienced attorney can help make that decision.
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