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GM Accused of Withholding Information about Hummer Fire Dangers

In July 2015, General Motors (GM) recalled approximately 200,000 Hummer H3s and H3Ts, but reportedly failed to do so, despite knowledge of a dangerous defect that can cause the vehicles to catch fire, until the company was threatened with a formal investigation of the problem by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Dozens of vehicles were reported, over a span of several years, to have caught fire when the blower motors in their heating, ventilation, or air-conditioning systems shorted out. GM will replace parts of the blower motors without charge. Though similar problems have been reported to have occurred with two additional GM vehicles (the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon), these vehicles have not been recalled.

Defective cars and other motor vehicles frequently cause serious injury and death. The Killino Firm has extensive experience with cases arising out of accidents caused by defective motor vehicles. If you have been injured or one of your loved ones has been killed in an accident involving a defective vehicle or other product, contact us for more information about your legal rights and options.

Legal Responsibility for Injuries and Deaths Caused by Defects in Motor Vehicles

Auto manufacturers are often accused of failing to recall or notify the public of vehicles known to contain dangerous defects that increase the risk of accidents and resultant injuries and deaths. Under products-liability law, manufacturers and others involved in vehicles’ production and distribution may be held liable for injuries or deaths resulting from certain types of vehicle defects found to have been caused by defendants’ negligence in producing the vehicles and/or releasing them to the market. In such cases, evidence that vehicle manufacturers knew or reasonably should have known of certain types of vehicle defects may be considered evidence of their negligence and lead to their liability in negligence products-liability actions for injuries or deaths found to have been caused by such negligence.

Even without evidence of vehicle producers’ or distributors’ negligence, however, such defendants may be held strictly liable for injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by defects in a vehicle’s design, manufacture, or warnings. In these cases, a car manufacturer’s knowledge of a dangerous defect will not be considered in establishing the company’s liability. If the plaintiff can establish that the vehicle contained a design, manufacturing, or warnings defect at the time the vehicle was sold as well as when the injury-causing accident occurred, the manufacture and others in the vehicle’s chain of production and distribution may be held legally responsible for injuries or deaths found to have been caused by the vehicle’s defect.

Obtain Legal Assistance from The Killino Firm, P.C.

The Killino Firm has gained national recognition for its dedication to seeking justice for people who have been injured or killed by defective cars and other products. If you have been injured or one of your family members has died in this manner, our accident, injury, and wrongful-death attorneys can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

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Date published: 03/05/2015
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