Fatal auto defect accidents can result in some of the most emotionally wrenching types of product liability cases, especially when official investigations show that an auto manufacturer could have easily prevented these tragic incidents. The attorneys at Bart Durham Injury Law have seen many Tennessee residents through these types of ordeals and know firsthand how difficult it can be to deal with the emotional and financial effects of an auto defect. Some of the worst cases of fatal auto defect cases we have seen in recent years involved GM’s faulty ignition keys and switches.
Last year, reports began to arise regarding a defect in GM vehicles that caused a shut-off of electrical systems and engines, which in turn caused air bag failures. These problems were traced back to defective ignition keys and switches, which were found in almost 6 million vehicles. According to some sources, this defect remained in GM’s vehicles for 10 years and could have been repaired by the car manufacturer for less than a dollar per vehicle.
Thus far, these faulty parts have resulted in more than 300 fatalities, and the car manufacturer is currently under investigation. Federal safety regulation agencies are also being called to task for this incident, as both they and GM were reportedly unable to identify and address the problem before it caused these substantial fatalities.
The ignition defect affected sixteen of GM’s model lines, and the manufacture periods for some of these vehicles stretch back as far as 2000.
If you or a family member has been injured due to this defect, you may have the right to initiate a product liability or wrongful death lawsuit. To learn more about the legal options available to auto defect victims and their families, please visit our page on GM’s defective switch.