One cause of car accidents is that of defective car design. While unintended acceleration has perhaps been the most notable alleged example of defective car design, there are many other car engineering defects that have existed over the years. Many lawsuits have stemmed from the injuries suffered in car accidents caused by these defective car parts.
Recently, GM has ordered a recall of 1.6 million cars over an ignition switch defect. This defect has been linked to various car accidents, including those that have resulted in 13 deaths.
Two excerpts regarding this ignition switch recall, from the February 27, 2014 Bloomberg article titled “GM Investigated Over Ignition Recall Linked to 13 Deaths” :
In the GM recall, the company said key rings that are too heavy or jarring can cause ignition switches to slip out of the run position, causing the engines to shut off and a crash-sensing algorithm to misfire in a way that deactivates air bags.
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