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Texas GM Ignition Switch 29 Wrongful Death & Hundreds Injured

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The families of 29 people who died in car accidents caused by General Motors ignition switch defects have filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Additionally 629 people have filed claims alleging that they suffered catastrophic personal injuries when the airbags in certain vehicles failed to open in a car crash.

Dallas Personal Injury AttorneyThis GM ignition switch lawsuit involve accidents that occurred after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization. Another lawsuit is expected to be filed on behalf of another 136 people injured and 21 who died in accidents that occurred before the bankruptcy.

GM Exposed to Massive Damages

GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in 2014 for defective ignition units, which can cause cars to suddenly lose power if the ignition unit is bumped by keys or in a crash. Loss of power can cause the driver to lose control of the car or for airbags failure to prevent serious or deadly injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

GM promised to compensate victims of accidents involving about Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles. GM only agreed to settle after it was disclosed that the company knew about those ignition switch problems for years, and failed to fix the problem.

The initial ignition switch recalls announced in February, impacted certain Chevy Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Pursuit, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky vehicles.

GM Ignition Switch From Hell

According to the lawsuit, “At any given moment, an ignition switch in a wide variety of General Motors vehicles could fail, killing or maiming countless individuals. The disastrous system failures in GM vehicles are triggered by something as simple as a key chain on the vehicle’s key or a bump in the road, as the ignition switch shifts from the ‘run’ position into the ‘accessory/off’ position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power. The GM engineer who designed the ignition switch called it ‘the switch from hell.’”

GM $400 Million Compensation Fund

GM has agreed set aside $400 million to compensate victims of accidents involving 2.6 million vehicles initially recalled, it has not addressed how it intends the owners and passengers in the other 17 million vehicles that were recalled subsequently.

GM Hiding Behind Bankruptcy Protection

GM is seeking immunity in GM recall lawsuits filed over personal injuries and wrongful deaths caused by defects in vehicles sold before the bankruptcy and reorganization, arguing that the new company should not be responsible for the actions of the “old GM”.

In June, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order consolidating all economic lawsuits against GM under U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman in federal court in New York for pretrial proceedings.