The automaker established a $400 million fund for crash victims, which is separate from the costs of the recall. Unfortunately, the recall was elevated to the level of a scandal when allegations were made against GM of a delayed response, perhaps even a cover up.
Fortunately, GM seems to be taking a more proactive approach to product safety. In a recent news release, GM announced that it had discovered a potential defect in a driver’s side airbag in its Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Malibu and GMC Canyon vehicles. During the second stage of inflation, the airbag may not deploy properly in some types of high-speed crashes. The defect may be the result of a missing component from the assembly process. GM has ordered its dealers to stop selling the models, and a recall is reportedly underway.
If a faulty or defective product has injured you, an attorney can advise you of your rights. Product liability laws provide legal recourse to consumers who were injured by a product flaw or defect while using the product as intended. As in other personal injury lawsuits, a plaintiff in a product liability case must prove his or her case. If the case is successful, the defendant may be responsible for compensation for any injuries, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.
Source: USA Today, “GM halts sale of 1,579 new trucks, cars over defect concern,” Chris Woodyard, March 9, 2016