Illinois Car Accident Law Firm Tapella & Eberspacher is Investigating Injury Claims Associated with General Motors Faulty Ignition Switch Recall

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General Motors is now the target of a criminal investigation after it was revealed that the 13 deaths attributed to a vehicle defect that affected 1.4 million makes and models may have been prevented if, as it has been alleged, GM was aware of the defect beforehand. Attorneys at the Charleston law firm encourage those who were injured or lost a loved one in one of the recalled vehicles to pursue legal advice

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We hope that this investigation will be a warning to auto manufacturers that putting the public at risk of being injured will not be tolerated.

Auto accident law firm Tapella & Eberspacher is currently investigating alleged injury and wrongful death claims related to the General Motors (GM) recall now being criminally investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office.

After 31 crashes and 13 front-seat fatalities were linked to the recall, as reported in a press release from General Motors on Feb. 25, K. Lindsay Rakers, associate auto accident attorney at the firm, hopes that the investigation into GM's handling of a dangerous vehicle defect will highlight the importance of consumer safety for other auto manufacturers.

“We would like to extend our condolences to the families who have allegedly lost a loved one due to General Motor’s handling of a very serious defect. The. U.S. attorney’s office is taking a step in the right direction by launching a criminal investigation after the deaths of more than a dozen victims,” said Rakers. “We hope that this investigation will be a warning to auto manufacturers that putting the public at risk of being injured will not be tolerated.”

On Feb. 10, 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that General Motors would be recalling certain model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. Two weeks later, GM increased the recall to include 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion vehicles and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles.

According to NHTSA campaign number 14V047000, if the key is not in the run position, the airbags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a car accident, which increases the risk of injury.

On March 11, 2014, a New York Post article entitled "Criminal probe in GM’s recall of deadly defect", revealed that that the faulty ignition switch has been linked to 31 car crashes and 13 deaths. According to NHTSA documentation, drivers began submitting complaints about the problem in early 2005 and approximately 173 instances of the engine stalling or air bags failing to deploy were recorded.

The criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney’s office will investigate whether or not GM broke any laws after allegedly waiting nearly a decade to recall vehicles over the ignition switch defect.

If you or anyone you know has suffered fatal or non-fatal injuries as a driver or passenger of one these affected vehicles, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about filing a personal injury claim, please visit or call 1 (855) 522-5291 to schedule a free legal consultation.

About The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm
Tapella & Eberspacher’s superior reputation for quality, personal service and results is the foundation for our premier status. Based in Illinois but handling cases throughout Illinois and Missouri, our lawyers focus on personal injury, including medical malpractice, auto accidents, trucking accidents, nursing home negligence, and dangerous products. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm have the experience to guide their clients through the entire personal injury litigation process along with the determination and confidence to help fight for the maximum injury compensation amounts for their clients. For more information or to schedule a free case review, visit or call (855) 522-5291.

Tapella & Eberspacher
6009 Park Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920

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