General Motors’ recall of 2.6 million vehicles for a defective ignition switch has been the subject of intense media scrutiny, and rightfully so. The faulty part has been linked to at least 13 deaths and multiple accidents, and several lawsuits have been filed against the automaker.
Those who purchased one of the GM recalled vehicles may have a legal claim even though they have not suffered an injury in an accident.
Previous $220 Million Vioxx Missouri Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Similar to GM Case
On April 7, 2014, the St. Louis law firm of Gray, Ritter & Graham, along with the Kansas City law firm of Stueve Sigel Hanson, filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit on behalf of Missourians who purchased and currently own a car covered by the February and March 2014 recalls. This is similar to a class action lawsuit the firms brought against Merck & Co., the maker of Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory drug. That lawsuit was brought on behalf of the many thousands of Missouri consumers who purchased Vioxx and was settled in 2013 for $220 million.
That suit alleged that the drug maker knew about but concealed the drug’s safety risks, thereby violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. Gray, Ritter & Graham is exploring whether a consumer fraud class action lawsuit on behalf of Missourians against General Motors could be brought utilizing a similar legal argument.
It is alleged that General Motors has acknowledged that it was aware of the faulty ignition switch in the recalled vehicles as early as 2001. The defective part could cause the cars to lose power, affecting the vehicles’ air bags, power steering, and brakes.
General Motors Cars Recalled for Defective Ignition Switches
The cars covered under the recall for the defective part are:
- Chevrolet Cobalt – 2005-2010 model years
- Pontiac G5 – 2005-2010
- Saturn Ion – 2003-2007
- Chevrolet HHR – 2006-2011
- Pontiac Solstice – 2006-2010
- Saturn Sky – 2007-2010
- Opel GT – 2007
- Pontiac Pursuit – 2005-2006
Gray, Ritter & Graham and Stueve Siegel Hanson are working together on the possible Missouri consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors. The two firms also are investigating personal injury claims of owners of the recalled GM vehicles who suffered injuries in roadway accidents.
Missourians who purchased and currently own one of the GM recalled vehicles and believe they may have a legal claim – whether or not they have been hurt in an accident – can contact Gray, Ritter & Graham.
Gray, Ritter & Graham attorney Don Downing, who was a lead attorney for the Missouri class of consumers who purchased Vioxx, is heading the GM consumer fraud investigations for the firm.