by: Darrell Castle
On Thursday, General Motors announced MORE recalls, this time in the form of 2.7 million cars, which brings the year’s recall total for GM to 11.2 million.
This recall blitz began in February when GM was accused of knowing about a faulty ignition switch problem for a decade before reporting the issue and sending a recall. In that decade, the faulty ignition switch was linked to dozens of injuries from cara accidents, including several fatalities.
Now, GM has seemingly learned its lesson and is taking no chances with any safety concern, immediately recalling cars when there’s a problem.
“Ever since the the switch crisis, GM has decided that they are going to recall everything with a problem as fast as they can,” said Joseph Phillippi, president of the consulting firm, Auto Trends.
GM’s top safety official, Jeff Boyer, chimed in as well.
“We have redoubled our efforts to expedite and resolve current reviews in process and also have identified and analyzed recent vehicle issues which require action,” said Boyer.
What’s the new recall for?
The largest portion covers approximately 2.4 million midsize cars with faulty wiring, causing the brake lights to malfunction and not illuminate, or illuminate the lights without the pedals being touched.
Here’s some more detail of the new recalls.
Though this brake light issue does possess some safety concerns, it pales in comparison to the concerns of the faulty ignition switch in which a car could completely shut off, disabling the brakes and airbags, while the car is in motion.
With that said, it’s encouraging to see GM take action against ANY safety issue so quickly.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, always seek medical attention first and foremost. Then, after completing all medical treatment, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you should speak to an experienced car accident attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, car damage, lost wages from time off work, pain, suffering and more.
It’s important to note that if you’re blaming a faulty car product, like an airbag that didn’t deploy, for your injury, then the car accident injury will most-likely need to be very serious to have a good case.
When placing blame on the car products, you’re taking on the powerful and deep-pocketed car companies. They’ll throw a lot of money into litigation, so for the risk to be worth the reward, your injury needs to be a serious one. An experienced attorney can help you determine that.
If you think you have a case, we’d love to talk to you. The attorneys at Darrell Castle & Associates have handled car accident cases of all shapes and sizes in Memphis for decades. We treat every case with the respect and integrity it’s entitled to while fighting on the client’s behalf for the compensation he or she deserves.
I also encourage you to download and print our Car Accident Checklist to keep in your car just in case you’re ever in a car accident. Sometimes they can be unavoidable and this checklist will walk you through everything you need to do at the scene of a wreck.