What you should know about GM’s ignition switch recall

Gray Ritter Graham previously brought and settled a $220 million class action lawsuit against Merck & Co. for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and has now filed a similar action against GM on behalf of Missouri consumers.

The St. Louis law firm of Gray Ritter Graham, along with the Kansas City law firm of Stueve Sigel Hanson, on April 7, 2014 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 of General Motors vehicles.

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. The class action lawsuit against GM is based upon the same legal principal.

It is alleged that General Motors has acknowledged 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.

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General Motors Cars Recalled for Defective Ignition Switches

The cars covered under the recall for the defective part are:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt - 2005-10 model years
  • Pontiac G5 - 2003-10
  • Saturn Ion - 2003-07
  • Chevrolet HHR - 2006-11
  • Pontiac Solstice - 200610
  • Saturn Sky - 2007 - 2010
  • Opel GT - 2007
  • Pontiac Pursuit - 2005-2006

Gray Ritter Graham and Stueve Siegel Hanson are working together on the Missouri consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors. The two firms also are investigatingpersonal 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 at 314-241-5620. More information may also be found at

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.

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About Gray Ritter Graham

Founded in 1946, Gray Ritter Graham is a St. Louis plaintiff litigation law firm that practices primarily in matters involving catastrophic injury and death, complex commercial and consumer litigation, product liability, medical negligence, and railroad and river worker injuries.

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