General Motors recently admitted that it became aware of the defective ignition switches as far back as 2001 which caused the vehicles to shut off resulting in auto accidents. The defective ignition switches were manufactured by Delphi Automotive. A Dephi spokesman reports that the switches which were installed in approximately 1.6 million vehicles only costs between $2 and $5 dollars to produce and can be changed out in a few minutes by a trained GM mechanic.
The defective switches give rise to products liability causes of action potentially for both defective design and/or defective manufacture. In most states the liability attaches to both the manufacturer and any distributor/retailer in the chain of distribution.
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