GM RECALLS CLASS ACTION

1.  The law firms of Sutts, Strosberg LLP (now Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP) and McKenzie Lake Lawyers are prosecuting proposed class actions against General Motors of Canada Limited and General Motors Company (collectively 'GM and GMC') .

2.  The proposed class actions are:

Delphi Ignition Switches
This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch manufactured by Delphi Automotive LLP in the Vehicles named here.
Electric Power Steering
This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the electric power steering in the Vehicles named here.
Transmission Shift Cable
This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the transmission shift cable in the Vehicles named here.
Stoneridge Ignition Switch
This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch manufactured by Stoneridge Inc Pollak Engineered Products in the Vehicles named here.
Dalian Ignition Switch
This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch manufactured by Dalian Alps Electronics Company Ltd. in the Vehicles named here.

3.  One registration system is available for all proposed class actions.  All potential class members should register

4.  The law firms are working together to consolidate all registrations.  Even if you have registered with one of the other firms, it is important that you register here and keep this registration up-to-date.

5.  Please continue to monitor this website regularly.

6.  If you have questions, please call our toll free number 1.800.969.5712.

7.  If you would like to learn more about how a class action works, please click here.

DELPHI IGNITION SWITCHES

8.  This proposed class action is on behalf of all persons who, on February 7, 2014, owned one of the following vehicles (the “Vehicles”):

MAKE  MODEL      MODEL YEAR (inclusive)                              
Chevrolet HHR 2006 to 2011
Chevrolet Cobalt 2005 to 2010
Pontiac Solstice 2006 to 2010
Pontiac G5 2007 to 2010
Pontiac Pursuit 2005 to 2006
Saturn Ion 2003 to 2007
Saturn Sky 2006 to 2010                                                                         

9.  This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch in the Vehicles.

10. The statement of claim was issued on March 31, 2014.

11. On April 26, 2006, GM changed the design of the ignition switch.  But GM did not change the Identification Number of the ignition switch.  This meant that GM knew before April 2006 of the defect in the ignition switch.  But the defect in the ignition switch was not cured.

12. In February 2014 GM and GMC revealed that the Vehicles contained ignition switch defects.  The GM and GMC notices may be viewed here.

13. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch in the Vehicles which was dangerous and hid this defect from their customers, drivers, passengers and the public.  

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING

14. This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the electric power steering assist in the vehicles named in the following chart (the “Vehicles”):

 MAKE MODEL MODEL YEARS (INCLUSIVE)
 Chevrolet Malibu 2004 to 2006, 2008 to 2009
 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 2004 to 2006
 Chevrolet Cobalt 2005 to 2010
 Chevrolet HHR 2009 to 2010
Pontiac G5 2007 to 2010
 Pontiac G6 2005 to 2006, 2008 to 2009
 Pontiac Pursuit 2005 to 2006
 Saturn Ion 2004 to 2007
 Saturn Aura 2008 to 2009

15. On March 31, 2014, GMC announced that it informed Transport Canada that if the power steering is lost, the subject vehicles will revert to a manual steering mode, but would require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds, which could result in an increased risk of a crash.  The GM and GMC notice may be viewed here.

16. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the electric power steering assist in the Vehicles which was a dangerous defect.

17. The statement of claim was filed May 2, 2014.

BODY CONTROL MODULE

18. This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the body control module in the vehicles named in the following chart (the “Vehicles”):

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEAR (INCLUSIVE)
Chevrolet Malibu 2004 to 2012
Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 2004 to 2007
Pontiac G6 2005 to 2010
Saturn Aura 2007 to 2010

19. On May 16, 2014, GMC announced that it informed Transport Canada that increased electrical resistance can develop in the body control module connection system which may cause the brake lamps to illuminate without the brake pedal being depressed, or not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed.  This could also interfere with cruise control, ABS and/or vehicle stability control function.  Failure of the brake lights to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or erratic brake lamp function could increase the risk of a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury.  The GM and GMC notice may be viewed here.

20. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the body control module in the Vehicles which was a dangerous defect. 

21. The statement of claim was issued June 2, 2014.

TRANSMISSION SHIFT CABLE

22. This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the transmission shift cable in the vehicles named in the following chart (the “Vehicles”):

MAKE MODEL
MODEL YEAR (INCLUSIVE)
Chevrolet Malibu 2004-2008
Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 2004-2007
Pontiac G6 2005-2008
Saturn Aura 2007-2008

23. On May 1, 2014, GM and GMC announced that they were recalling 2007 and 2008 Saturn Auras because the transmission shift cable may fracture.  When the fracture occurs, the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park. On May 20, 2014, GMC announced that it informed Transport Canada that it was expanding the recall to include the balance of the Vehicles.  GM and GMC are aware of 18 crashes and one injury among the 4-speed Malibu and G6 population in the US.  

24. The GM and GMC notices may be viewed here.

25. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the transmission shift cable in the Vehicles which was a dangerous defect.

26. The statement of claim was issued July 25, 2014.

STONERIDGE IGNITION SWITCH

27. This proposed class action concerns the negligent and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch manufactured by Stoneridge Inc Pollak Engineered Products (“Stoneridge Ignition Switch”) in the vehicles named in the following chart (the “Vehicles”):

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEARS (INCLUSIVE)
Chevrolet Impala 2000 to 2005
Chevrolet Malibu 1997 to 2005
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000 to 2005
Oldsmobile Alero 1999 to 2004
Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998 to 2002
Pontiac Grand Am 1999 to 2005
Pontiac Grand Prix 2004 to 2008

28. In 2003 and 2004, GM changed the design of the Stoneridge Ignition Switch.  But GM did not change the Identification Number for some of the Stoneridge Ignition Switches it ordered.  GM also continued to assemble some of the Vehicles with the defective Stoneridge Ignition Switch.  This means that GM knew before 2003 and 2004 of the defect in the Stoneridge Ignition Switch.

29. On June 30, 2014 GM and GMC revealed that the Vehicles contained ignition switch defects.  The GM and GMC notices may be viewed here.

30. GM and GMC are aware of seven crashes resulting in eight injuries and three deaths that were caused by this defective Stoneridge Ignition Switch.

31. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the Stoneridge Ignition Switch in the Vehicles which was a dangerous defect. 

32. The statement of claim was issued September 10, 2014.

DALIAN IGNITION SWITCH

33. This proposed class action concerns the life-threatening and dangerous design, manufacture and installation of the ignition switch manufactured by Dalian Alps Electronics Company Ltd. (“Dalian Ignition Switch”) in the vehicles named in the following chart (“the Vehicles”):

MAKE MODEL MODEL YEARS (INCLUSIVE)
Buick Allure and LaCrosse 2005-2009
Buick Lucerne 2006-2011
Cadillac Deville 2000-2005
Cadillac DTS 2006-2011
Chevrolet Impala 2006-2013
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2006-2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 


34. In August 2005, GM and GMC provided some of their employees, early, saleable vehicles to test drive and to report potential safety issues through the Captured Test Fleet report system as part of the launch of 2006 Chevrolet Impala and 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. GM and GMC received reports about the Dalian Ignition Switch’s torque performance being insufficient to resist unintended movement out of the Run position, and thereby causing moving stalls. Despite these reports, GM and GMC continued to assemble the vehicles with the defective Dalian Ignition Switch.

35. On June 16, 2014 GM and GMC revealed that the Vehicles contained ignition switch defects. The GM and GMC recall notices may be viewed here.

36. The plaintiffs allege that GM and GMC were negligent in the design, manufacture and installation of the Dalian Ignition Switch in the Vehicles which was a dangerous defect. They allege that GM and GMC knew of this defect in the Dalian Ignition Switch since 2005.

37. The statement of claim was issued November 24, 2014.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This website provides general information to potential class members on a proposed class action commenced against General Motors of Canada Limited and General Motors Company. The court will ultimately decide who will be included as a class member.

The information collected about potential class members will assist counsel in prosecuting the proposed class action and assessing what damages were suffered by the class as a whole. Providing the information requested does not make you a client of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP.

The site is not designed to answer questions about your individual situation or entitlement. Do not rely upon the information provided on this website as legal advice in respect of your individual situation nor use it as a substitute for individual legal advice.

This website is updated from time to time to provide class members with further information.

 

 

Sabrina Lombardi
Joel P. Rochon
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