Congress to GM CEO: Cobalt Recall A Decade Late
For all you GM owners out there, know your rights! You might be aware that recently, the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, was questioned before Congress about how much her company knew about the problems plaguing the millions of GM cars that have recently been recalled, including the Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion, before deciding to sell these cars to the public. This news comes following on the heels of the massive recall of over 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts last month due to ignition switch defects. Aside from Chevy Cobalts, the defective switches have been sold to dealers and parts wholesalers that could have been used in newer cars. These defects have already caused 13 deaths and 31 front end collisions since 2005 due to the faulty ignition switch. The ignition switch recall has been issued for 2005-10 Cobalts, 2006-10 Pontiac Solstices, 2007-10 Pontiac G5s, 2007-10 Saturn Skys, 2006-11 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2003-07 Saturn Ions. A notice will be sent to car owners on April 21, 2014 allowing them to get the ignition switch replaced at no cost.
Investigations revealed that GM approved the ignition switches knowing they did not meet the company’s own specifications and that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), the federal agency that is supposed to protect consumers against buying dangerous vehicles, knew the problem existed since 2005, yet both have done nothing about it until recently when a massive recall of the Chevy Cobalt and other vehicles was issued by GM. According to the New York Times, data from the State of Florida shows that Chevy Cobalts were seen as “lemons” from the start. At this time it is unclear how much General Motors knew internally about the defects before deciding to sell this deadly product to the public or how many other GM models are potentially life-threatening lemons being sold to the public.
Fortunately, if you do own or lease a manufacturer warranty covered car that you suspect is a lemon, there is absolutely no reason you have to drive around in this potentially dangerous car any longer. You need not settle for GM’s solutions either; you have the right to demand a full refund or get a non-defective replacement. If you’ve tried to get a refund from the car manufacturer or dealer in the past and have been denied, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, and/or any consequential damages arising from the car maker’s failure to honor their warranty. In California, lawmakers have passed the Song Beverley Consumer Warranty Act, a law that requires GM, or any car manufacturer for that matter, to provide a full refund for all lemon vehicles they sell that were repeatedly repaired during the warranty period.
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