General Motors Settles Two Lawsuits Over Defective Ignition Switches

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

General Motors Co. (GM) has settled two federal court cases involving its faulty ignition switches. The plaintiffs in each case suffered serious injuries when the airbags in their vehicles failed to deploy. GM acknowledged that ignition switches could fall out of position and shut off the engine, thereby shutting off the power needed to deploy airbags. Without airbags, front seat passengers are very likely to be injured or killed in a severe car crash.[1]  The cases were settled for undisclosed amounts.

GM previously agreed to pay $900 million as a result of a criminal investigation stemming from the company’s failure to fix ignition switch defects.[2] The settlement involved the families of 124 passengers who were killed and 275 others who were injured.[3] Affected vehicles include the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, model years 2003 through 2007.[4]

GM’s faulty ignition switches have been responsible for fatalities since 2003.[5] Amber Christian, a 16-year-old girl, was killed in a Chevy Cobalt as a result of the faulty ignition switch.[6] Even then, GM denied that there were any vehicle defects until the first vehicle recall in February of 2014.[7]

Victims and families represent more than 100 cases against GM. The cases include individuals who didn't want to accept, or weren't qualified to receive a settlement from a compensation fund set up by GM.[8] These plaintiffs make up 60% of the personal-injury lawsuits against the company.[9]

For more information on the vehicle recalls, visit https://my.gm.com/recalls

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Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recalled due to defective ignition switches. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307.

About The Author: Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney with Allen & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. During his 20+ year career, he has achieved numerous record-setting jury verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, bus accidents and product liability personal injury cases. Outside of the courtroom, Jason is involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors as Vice President.


[1] Id.

[2] http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/09/17/gm-justice-department-ignition-switch-defect-settlement/32545959/.

[3] Id.

[4] http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2015/09/16/gm-feds-near-settlement-ignition-switch-probe/32522599/.

[5] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gm-ceo-i-wish-i-could-turn-back-the-clock/.

[6] Id.

[7] Id.

[8] http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/06/news/companies/gm-ignition-switch-settlements/

[9] Id.

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