GM recently announced the recall of over 1.55 million SUVs, minivans, and sedans citing concerns with the vehicles’ airbags, seat belts, and brakes. This recall comes just days after the company announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches in the vehicles that could result in the vehicle suddenly losing power and airbags failing to deploy.
GM has faced considerable criticism regarding its recall of the Chevy and Pontiac vehicles, as evidence shows that the company received complaints about these vehicles as early as 2003 and failed to recall the vehicles for over a decade.
In Connecticut, case law suggests that a product seller has a duty to warn about a potential defect on a post sale basis. The failure to advise and perhaps conceal known potential defects affecting certain classes of cars may also give rise to liability for punitive damages under a recklessness theory pursuant to Conn. Gen Stat. Sec. 52-240b (http://cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap901.htm#Sec52-240b.htm). In Connecticut, like other civilized jurisdictions, people should not have to die before a product seller initiates an effort to warn consumers, even if a general recall may not be yet warranted.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a defective GM vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact Law Offices of Paul Levin today at (860) 560-7226.