The AP is reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA), two congressional committees and the Justice Department are investigating why it took so long for GM to recall 1.6 million cars with defective ignition switches. GM has acknowledged knowing about deadly ignition switches at least a decade ago, but it intentionally or negligently failed to recall the affected compact cars until February 2014. In the interim, competing reports relate between 13 and more than 300 injuries or deaths to the defective ignition switches. Read the full AP story here.
The product liability attorneys of the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs are actively following the developments in the GM defective ignition hearings and litigation. The firm handles Tennessee product liability cases throughout the state. Tennessee has a one (1) year statute of limitations and a ten (10) year statute of repose for injuries or deaths related to defective products such as GM's Chevy Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR, Pontiac Solstice or Saturn Sky. This means that if you or someone you know was seriously injured due to a defective GM ignition switch, and you just recently learned of the problem, you can likely still bring a claim against GM in Tennessee or another state. Call attorney Bryan L. Capps or Stephen A. Burroughs for a free consultation.