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General Motors Recall Affects 3.16 Million Additional Vehicles

A new recall from General Motors is affecting 3.16 million additional vehicles across the country. Yesterday’s recall announcement brings the total of recalled vehicles to approximately 20 million this year alone.

The affected vehicles, model years ranging from 2000 to 2014, will need to have the ignition switches and keys replaced to correct a defect which could cause the switch to slip out of place if the vehicle is jostled by a strong bump.

Though the current recall sounds similar to the recalls which began four months ago, GM says that this switch problem is unrelated to the defect which caused its initial recalls in the Chevy Cobalt.

The makes and models of the newly recalled vehicles are:

  • Buick Lacrosse, 2005-2009
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2006-2014
  • Cadillac Deville, 2000–2005
  • Cadillac DTS, 2004–2011
  • Buick Lucerne, 2006–2011
  • Buick Regal LS & GS, 2004–2005
  • Chevy Monte Carlo, 2006–2008

The new recall comes on the heels of several other recalls plaguing the GM brand. Beginning approximately four months ago, GM began a series of recalls relating to defective ignition switches in several of its models. These vehicles had the potential to slip out of gear or turn off while driving, which led to dozens of accidents and at least 13 deaths.

General Motors, who filed bankruptcy in 2008, is currently in federal court waiting for a judge to decide if the company can avoid liability for any accidents which occurred prior to its bankruptcy filing. A decision on whether or not General Motors will have to entertain pre-bankruptcy lawsuits will likely not be made until after a lengthy bankruptcy court hearing currently scheduled in July.

In the wake of several lawsuits seeking damages totaling upwards of a billion dollars, the automaker may be issuing more recalls in an attempt to head off any further liability for accidents caused by potential defects.

If your vehicle is the subject of a recall, be sure to take it to a General Motors dealership for repairs. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident that may have been caused by a defective auto part, call the experienced auto accident and product liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Call 1-800-PERKINS today for your free initial consultation.