When a major car manufacturer conducts a large-scale recall it can affect people across the country, including Las Vegas residents. Sometimes these auto defects are caught early and the proper preventive measures are taken to ensure that no one is hurt. Unfortunately, there are also situations in which one or more injuries or wrongful deaths occur before a problem is addressed. When incidents such as these arise, the victims may wish to pursue personal injury claims against negligent companies in order to receive appropriate compensation.

Such civil suits may result from a recent General Motors recall, as the deaths of 12 people have now been linked to a product defect found in small cars produced by that company. The affected vehicles contain faulty ignition switches that can lead to the failed deployment of airbags. The discovery of these defective switches led GM to issue an international recall of 1.6 million of its small cars from model years 2003 to 2007.

The company has known about the ignition switch problem for ten years, but the recall was only announced this past February. In addition to the recall, GM must also contend with various federal investigations into the company.

Serious or fatal accidents that can be traced back to vehicle defects can lead to viable tort claims against negligent car manufacturers. Those who suspect that they or a loved one may have suffered a personal injury or wrongful death due to an auto defect may wish to speak with an attorney to discuss their civil litigation options.

Source: foxnews.com, “GM to offer loaner cars, $500 cash to recalled car owners,” Mar. 12, 2014