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GM Recalls 81,000 More Vehicles With Steering Issue

cars speeding on highwayThe New York Times has reported that an inquiry by Canadian auto regulators into a potential sudden failure of GM’s electronic power steering systems has forced the recall of 81,000 GM cars effective immediately. The models affected by the recall are the 2006-2007 Chevy Malibu and Malibu Maxx and the 2006-2007 Pontiac G6.

Transport Canada, that country’s equivalent of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, began receiving complaints last year from owners of the aforementioned models that the power steering would suddenly fail, making the car dangerously difficult to turn in a sudden maneuver. The affected models are not part of an original recall of 1.3 million GM cars for the same problem that covered both the U.S. and Canada.

GM investigated the most recent complaints and concluded that an additional recall was necessary covering 70,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 11,000 in Canada and Mexico. So far, GM says it’s aware of one crash directly attributable to the faulty power steering system but no injuries.

Who is eligible for a GM recall settlement?

If you suffered injuries or losses as a result of a malfunction in a recalled car, there is unfortunately no guarantee you will receive compensation from the manufacturer. Victims must prove that their injury was a direct result of the car’s defect, which is why you need an experienced and aggressive vehicle defect attorney on your side. The product liability attorneys at Ellis Law and our team of researchers and forensic experts can establish if a crash can be traced back to defective manufacturing or inherent design flaws in the vehicle.

GM and every other auto manufacturer have a responsibility to design and assemble safe cars for consumers. If their efforts fall short and someone suffers an injury or worse due to a flaw in the vehicle, the manufacturers have an equal responsibility to compensate the victims for the full extent of their injuries including all past, present, and future medical costs, lost income, disability, and physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with your accident.

GM recall lawsuit can provide justice and compensation

The California auto recall lawyers at Ellis Injury Law are prepared and ready to file a GM power steering recall lawsuit on behalf of anyone who has suffered an injury or damages due to the manufacturing defect. Ellis Law is well known for its work ethic and consummate professionalism in seeking justice for those victims of a faulty or defective product so that they are fully compensated for any losses related to their injuries.

Damages in car recall cases may include:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

A New York Times investigation last year found that GM had been receiving complaints for years about failures in the electronic power steering systems. The Times learned that owners in general, however, were not alerted to the potential steering failures as they would have been in the event of a recall. GM instead had attempted to control the steering problem by issuing technical service bulletins to dealers which instructed them on how to fix the steering only if an owner complained.

Talk to a vehicle recall lawyer you can trust

Ellis Law offers skilled legal advice for anyone who has been harmed in a motor vehicle accident in LA, including those involving cars that have been recalled due to possible design flaws. Call 1-800-INJURED to schedule a free case review to discuss your options.