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GM may be liable for punitive damage over defective ignition switches

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015   

United States Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber has said that General Motors could still be held liable for punitive damages associated with the 2014 recall of the company’s defective ignition switches, according to Reuters. This means that it may be possible for victims and their families to recover compensation for any injury, loss of life, or property damage associated with one of GM’s faulty ignition switches. In September, GM reached undisclosed settlements in around 1,300 injury and wrongful death claims.

Though it may now be possible for victims to recover punitive damages from the company, only claims specifically involving the conduct of post-bankruptcy GM will be considered eligible for compensation. As Gerber explained, post-bankruptcy GM cannot be held liable for what pre-bankruptcy GM “‘knew or did’” regarding the faulty ignition switches. In any event, the decision rendered by Gerber may now be applied to each of the individual cases already filed against GM by each of the judges presiding over these cases.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a faulty GM ignition switch, you should consult with a Tennessee personal injury attorney at Pohl & Berk, LLP, about what legal claim to compensation you may now be eligible to pursue. To speak with a Tennessee personal injury attorney directly, please call our offices at (615) 277-2765 today.

GM massively expands ignition switch recall

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015   

GM is adding more than 83,000 vehicles to their initial ignition switch recall that was announced early in 2014, bringing the total number of vehicles named in this recall to 40 million, according to reports by Motor Trend on January 2.

GM’s expansion affects 2011-2012 SUVs and pickups, including the Escalade, Silverado, Yukon, Avalanche, Tahoe, and Sierra. The faulty switch may cause a series of events resulting in the ignition moving to the ‘accessory position;’ if the vehicle enters the accessory position while driving, power is cut to the engine, brakes, steering, and airbags. In addition to the affected models listed above, vehicles repaired with defective parts between 2007 and 2014 may also be affected.

GM has established a compensation program for those who have experienced serious injury or the death of a loved one as a result of the defect. The current deadline to file a claim is January 31, 2015, but this deadline will likely be extended in light of the recent expansion.

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