1.6 millimeters and 57 cents.
Just 6/100ths of an inch and some spare change were the difference between life and death for at least 124 Chevrolet drivers and passengers. Lawyers working on behalf of parents who lost their daughter in the crash of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt hired an engineer who determined a defective ignition switch part led to the crash.
The part was 1.6mm too short and, as a result, was unable to prevent a sudden slip in the ignition, which caused the car to lose power steering, brakes and airbags. Lawyers for the victims discovered hidden documents in GM’s internal files showing that the car manufacturer’s engineers recommended using the longer part. But GM made a business decision to reject that recommendation to avoid spending the additional 57 cents per car that the longer part would cost.
If a faulty auto part may have caused a car accident that resulted in injury to yourself or the death of a loved one, we can’t recommend strongly enough that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. A car crash lawyer with the financial resources and knowledge to fully develop your claim, who doesn’t shrink from suing large corporations and negotiating with them, has the best chance of reaching your optimum financial recovery.
While GM was forced by the government to issue recalls and replace the defective part, we will never know exactly how many died and how many more were injured – because GM escaped most of the consequences of its incredible corporate greed by filing for bankruptcy in the 2008 recession. The bankruptcy filing barred other victims from filing civil suit, except for limited claims in bankruptcy court.
The bankruptcy also freed the company from paying for all the injuries and deaths due not only to the defective Chevrolet ignition switches, but from any other defects in any GM products. GM emerged from bankruptcy with its past wiped clean. Many of its victims were left undercompensated or without any form of compensation. While the public gained enormously from the recalls of defective cars initiated by the private lawsuits, regrettably, the victims in many cases did not.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, call our office today. We’ve recovered more than $125 million for victims and we’re ready to assist you.
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