Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a complaint on behalf of the
residents of Arizona which would make it the first state to join the group
of consumers who are already suing General Motors. The state is suing
GM over faulty ignition switches, claiming the auto manufacturer misinformed
the public about the safety of its vehicles, swindling them of $3 billion.
For violation of the consumer-fraud law, Horne is requesting civil penalties
amounting to $10,000 paid for each of the hundreds of thousands of GM
automobiles sold in Arizona. His complaint falls on the heels of a similar
one filed by Orange County, California in the interest of its residents,
and is just one of over 150 suits GM has been plagued with thus far. Although
they have not sued yet, a minimum of nine additional state attorneys general
have collaborated to investigate GM's behavior.
The term "New GM" was coined after the company's restructuring
in 2009 following a government bailout. In order to navigate around one
judge's ban on holding "New GM" accountable for mistakes
made by "Old GM", Horne is targeting alleged knowledge of defects
in his complaint. Defects that "New GM" had knowledge of and,
Horne claims, violated state consumer-fraud laws and cost Arizona car
buyers hundreds of thousands of dollars in excessive automobile value
Horne's complaint, however, is similar to allegations brought by consumers
in Manhattan Federal Court and may very well be joined with those complaints
despite his intent to keep his in Arizona. GM is currently petitioning
to have the Orange County complaint moved to Manhattan as well.
General Motors Recalls
In the U.S. alone, GM has already recalled more cars this year than it
has sold in the five years since the restructuring of the company after
filing bankruptcy, and expects to pay upwards of $1.7 billion on repairs
and loaner cars to deal with the situation.
The automaker recalled 2.6 million of its compact sedan, the Chevrolet
Cobalt after it manufactured the vehicle for over a decade with knowledge
of a faulty ignition switch. At least 13 deaths have been attributed to
the faulty switch which can easily be turned off while the car is on the
road, disabling power steering and safety features such as airbags.
In May 2014, GM recalled 218,000 subcompact cars sold as the Chevy Optra
here in the U.S. A daytime running lamp was to blame for overheating and
causing an unspecified number of vehicle fires.
Worldwide, GM has recalled 15.8 million vehicles in 2014.
National Defective Product Lawyers
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or damages due to a defective
GM product, you may be able to file a lawsuit. GM owners across the country
are filing lawsuits in
class action cases. To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation call the
Philadelphia defective product lawyers at Golomb & Honik today at
1-800-355-3300 or 1-215-985-9177 or fill out our confidential
national product liability lawyers
at Golomb & Honik have successfully represented individuals in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the United States.