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Chevrolet Cobalt RecallUpdate – November 17th, 2014:

Deadline Extended for G.M. Accident Claims

The New York Times is reporting the families of people killed or injured in crashes involving General Motors cars that had a deadly ignition switch defect will have an extra month to submit claims for payment under G.M.’s victim compensation program. Read the New York Times News Article.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, who administers the compensation fund, has decided to extend the deadline to Jan. 31 to give more time to families who might not be aware of the program.

The extension comes a week after The New York Times revealed the identity of Jean P. Averill, who was killed in a 2003 crash of a Saturn Ion at the age of 81. Hers was the earliest fatality G.M. connected with the ignition defect. Until informed by The Times, the family had not known of the company’s compensation program or that it was eligible to receive a minimum of $1 million from the fund. At that time, the family said it had never been contacted by the automaker.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today. (800) 888-8888
Update – July 16th, 2014:

Check if your car is on the GM Ignition Switch Recall list.

  • 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
  • 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
  • 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo
  • 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS
  • 2004-2006 Cadillac SRX
  • 2011-2014 Chevrolet Cruze; 2012-14 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2013-2014 Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore and Verano
  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Impala, Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS
  • 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD equipped with an auxiliary battery
  • 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Saab 9-7x
  • 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL

For the entire list please check here.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today. 800-888-8888
Update – June 30th, 2014:

GM compensation fund will pay millions to switch-defect victims.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting General Motors announced a fund that will pay up to millions of dollars to victims of its defective key switch in this 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars. Read the Los Angeles Times News Article.

A special victims-compensation consultant hired by General Motors announced the details of a sweeping program to pay for the deaths and injuries caused by faulty ignition switches in millions of the automaker’s small cars.

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he will begin evaluating victims claims starting Aug. 1 and will start to pay damages from a GM fund within 90 to 180 days from when a claim is submitted.

The program provides a sliding scale of payments depending on the severity of injuries or whether a person was killed in a crash that is linked to the defective switch. It will range from $20,000 for someone who is slightly hurt to more than $5 million for a 25-year-old who was married with two children and earned $75,000 annually.

“We will work closely with all individual claimants and their lawyers in evaluating individual claims and reaching a determination as to eligibility and value as soon as possible,” Feinberg said.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today. 800-1-(800)

GM filed 2,004 injury reports tied to recalls, the group says.

Driving news site is reporting General Motors Co. (GM) filed 2,004 reports on injuries and deaths stemming from accidents in cars that have been recalled for ignition-related defects, the Center for Auto Safety said. Read the News Article.

“The defective ignition switch in the recalled Delta platform vehicles goes beyond the airbag failing to deploy,” said the center, referring to the 2.59 million cars called in for switch repairs. “The vehicle loses the electric power steering and power brakes, which can lead to loss of control resulting in a crash.”

All of the ignition-switch victims must be found before they can be compensated, the safety group said in a letter yesterday to Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer hired by GM to advise it on helping victims of accidents tied to the defect. The letter to Feinberg comes the same week as a report by Anton Valukas, hired by GM to probe its handling of the defect, is due.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today. 1-(800) 888-8888
Update – March 12th, 2014:

General Motors (GM) is being pulled into Congress to see if they delayed the recall resulting in more injuries.

The New York Times is reporting a House committee has started an investigation into the delayed response by General Motors and federal safety regulators to complaints about faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths. Read the New York Times Article.

Fred Upton who is the committee’s chairman has looked into the issue of unheeded consumer complaints about defective cars before. Mr. Upton led a subcommittee in 2000 that investigated the rollovers of Ford Explorers with Firestone tires; this problem was eventually linked to 271 deaths.

“Here we are over a decade later, faced with accidents and tragedies, and significant questions need to be answered,” he said. “Did the company or regulators miss something that could have flagged these problems sooner?”

If you or a loved one has been injured due to faulty GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today. 800-888-8888
February 25th, 2014:

GM Recalling 1.6 Million Vehicles Linked to Fatal Crashes.

CBS News is reporting General Motors (GM) doubled the number of small cars it is recalling to 1.6 million to fix faulty ignition switches linked to multiple fatal crashes.

General Motors now says it knows of at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes that may have been caused by the problem according to CBS News.

“The chronology shows that the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” GM North America President Alan Batey said in a statement. “We are deeply sorry, and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”

GM previously announced the recall of more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s. GM is now adding 842,000 Saturn Ion compacts, Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars. Read the CBS News article.

The GM vehicles being recalled include Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the model years 2005 through 2007; Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007; and Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007. The majority of the cars were sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

“They knew by 2007 they had 10 incidents where the airbag didn’t deploy in this type of crash,” said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Center for Auto Safety. “This is a case where both GM and NHTSA should be held accountable for doing a recall no later than the spring of 2007.”

If you or a loved one has been injured due to defective GM ignition switches, contact Cellino & Barnes today at (800) 888-8888.

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