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GM can be accountable for punitive damages in ignition deaths

As most New Jersey residents are aware, General Motors or GM was once one of the largest and most successful car manufacturers in the United States. When the economy went belly up roughly 5 to 6 years ago, the government subsidized GM in order to keep the company alive. Despite their financial issues, GM has also had issues of products liability defects in their vehicles. An ignition switch malfunction has been linked to the deaths of at least 169 people and injured countless others.

When the old GM became the new GM, some thought that this ignition switch defect might not be punishable in court. This is incorrect according to the most recent ruling concerning the ignition incidents and punitive damages.

Punitive damages would cover the pain and suffering that injured people and their families endured due to the ignition malfunction. The ruling has the potential to open GM to large jury verdicts, because the company has admitted to knowing about the faulty switches for a decade or more but failed to recall the cars until February of 2014.

No organized lawsuit has been reported to date, but this news will allow families to seek reparations for any death or injury they sustained due to the faulty ignitions. Likely, parties are getting together now to possibly bring a class-action lawsuit against GM for wrongful death. This way, all injured parties testimony will be complied together in order to make the wrongful death suit the strongest it can be. Likely there are New Jersey residents or family member who may be thinking of recovering financially for their incident with the ignition switches in GM vehicles.

The problem with the ignition is that it would potentially seize up causing the power steering, brakes and etcetera to be unusable at any moment someone was driving the vehicle. Obviously, this is a very dangerous issue.

If the injured parties can prove the 'new' GM knew about this defect, it could mean some financial closure for the injured parties and their families. The case may take some time to begin and conclude, but it is likely that GM will be held accountable for something in this terrible case.

Source:, "Ruling Could Expose GM to Large Verdicts in Ignition Cases," Tom Krisher, Nov. 9, 2015

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