Recall highlights serious safety defect in certain 2003-2007 models

Following an ignition switch recall for a number of General Motors vehicles, which has serious safety implications if the issue is left unattended, a Regina-based law firm has announced their intention to commence class action against the automaker.

Announced last Thursday, Merchant Law Group is seeking owners of affected vehicles.

“The ignition switch defect is a widespread problem affecting more than 235,000 General Motors vehicles in Canada. Owners of these GM vehicles are at risk and can experience a sudden unexpected loss of power and engine shut down due to the ignition defect alleged by this class action.  Our class action seeks compensation for affected vehicle owners and proper repair of these GM vehicles.” stated Tony Merchant, a representative for the law firm.

Of issue is the possibility of certain safety equipment, namely airbags, not working in the event a vehicle is involved in a collision if the switch turns to the off position preceding the an event.

Affected models include 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007 Saturn Sky.




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