Chevy Cobalt Recall Is A Decade Late
Auto accidents happen on an alarming rate – more than 5 million every year, and nearly a quarter million in Florida alone. That averages out to roughly 5 traffic accidents per day on Florida roads. And while many of these are minor, plenty are very severe and even fatal. Accidents can be caused by a wide range of different issues, but one factor that needs to be given plenty of attention is when a traffic accident occurs as a result of a defective automobile. In particular, vehicle recalls occur and could have a direct impact on your ability to seek compensation for your injuries if they were sustained as a result of an accident caused by a factory defect.
The most recent vehicle recall is the Chevy Cobalt, and in this case many experts agree that the recall is one that should have occurred a decade ago, and GM is already coming under fire for their late action, especially since representatives for the company claim that 6 people have been killed in accidents related to the problem. The problem in this recall is the ignition switch of the vehicle.
The main issue lies in the fact that the ignition switch is faulty, and something as simple as a heavier keyring or a sudden jarring of the vehicle is enough to cause the car to turn off. When the car is in operation and this occurs, the vehicle effectively loses steering, loses brakes, and loses airbags. That leads to a potentially deadly situation, and one that has caused several deaths including a pair of teenage girls who died in a 2006 accident, a 29 year old nurse who died in a later accident, and more.
The company actually stopped making the Cobalt back in 2010, but at the moment there are more than 500,000 of the vehicles currently on American roads, including in Florida. The recall is one of the largest in recent memory, and actually includes more than 700,000 vehicles that should be returned to a licensed dealership.
As with any vehicle recall, any injuries or deaths that have occurred as a result of the defect up to the point of the recall will most likely be eligible for compensation through a lawsuit. This case is even more serious due to the fact that evidence suggests General Motors knew about the defect, covered it up, ignored it, and continued making the Cobalt without bothering to modify the ignition switch design to prevent more deaths and accidents.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a defect in the Chevy Cobalt, you may need to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If a loved one died in an accident involving a Cobalt, you may have the grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit and should speak to a wrongful death attorney. No matter what the specifics of the accident may be, speaking with a lawyer is something you should do to determine whether or not you have a case.
We have been helping Florida motorists for years, and our team has more than 100 years' experience personal injury law including automobile accidents and defective product lawsuits. Our offices are located throughout Florida including in Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Venice, and elsewhere. If you have been the victim of an accident involving these vehicles, don't hesitate to contact us today to find out more about your rights and how you may be owed financial compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one.