Faulty Air Bags in General Motors Cars Are Linked to 13 Deaths
Injury lawyers have known for some time about problems with air bags deploying on certain kinds of cars.
However, the extent of the air bag problem on automobiles manufactured by General Motors was not apparent until this month when the car manufacturer recalled 1.4 million cars, saying an ignition switch can cut off a car’s engine and electrical system.
The news came too late for Laura Christian whose daughter Amber, 16, died when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy, nine years ago, the New York Times reported.
Now the recall has confirmed a defective car part contributed to the death of her daughter.
“Amber’s death was the first of 13 linked to the problem, and was an early warning in what would become a decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago,” reported the New York Times.
GM has been sued by families of those who have lost their lives. It now faces an investigation by the safety agency and the possibility of a criminal investigation along similar lines to the criminal inquiry Toyota is facing after massive recalls over the sudden and unintended acceleration of its vehicles.
The present GM recall started on Feb. 13 with 619,000 cars in the United States before more than doubling last week.
It’s hard to believe it took the company and safety regulators so long to address this problem. If a piece of equipment fails, leading to an injury you could have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Many automakers have been sued as well as tire manufacturers and producers of dangerous drugs.
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