How Many Actually Died Because of an Ignition Flaw in GM Cars?

By Peter DePaolis

Attorney Ken Feinberg was hired by General Motors (GM) to oversee its victims’ compensation fund but has stressed his independence from GM management.

Feinberg announced this week how many deaths and injuries he has so far connected to a known ignition switch flaw in GM cars. The automotive behemoth has publicly attributed 54 accidents to the problem, resulting in 13 deaths, but the NHTSA believes the numbers are far greater.

Former Federal prosecutor Anton Valukas found no evidence of any kind of a cover-up or conspiracy, but faulted GM’s mismanagement and poor judgment. There is often a serious lag between discovery of a problem and an NHTSA-triggered recall.

General Motors recently issued “a stop-delivery order to dealers and a stop-ship order to the factory” for 2,800 Chevrolet Corvettes, because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables installed correctly.

GM disingenuously says these two actions aren’t recalls—simply an effort to “prevent recalls by trying to catch the problem cars before they are sold.” Many of the Corvettes have, of course, already left the lot with proud new owners behind the wheel.

In addition to recalling over 200,000 Saturn VUEs with faulty ignition switches, GM has definitely announced the recall of many other models, including:

  • Cadillac ATS
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Aveo
  • Pontiac G3
  • Chevrolet Spark 

I Was Hurt in a Defective Car, and I Need a Defective Product Attorney

You have certain rights as a consumer. The most basic of which is the right to be safe while using a product. Car makers have an obligation to design and manufacture safe vehicles. If you were hurt in an accident related to faulty GM cars, you need to speak with the experienced defective product lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. Call us today for a free consultation.

Did You Know? Safety became a major concern after the debut of Ralph Nader’s movie Unsafe at Any Speed, which is about the Corvair and the choice to save money over protecting drivers.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.