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ST. LOUIS, MO, April 17, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The St. Louis law firm of Gray, Ritter & Graham, along with the Kansas City law firm of Stueve Sigel Hanson, on April 7, 2014 filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit on behalf of Missourians who purchased and currently own a car covered by the February and March 2014 recalls of General Motors vehicles.
This is similar to a class action lawsuit the firms brought against Merck & Co., the maker of Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory drug. That lawsuit was brought on behalf of the many thousands of Missouri consumers who purchased Vioxx and was settled in 2013 for $220 million.
That suit alleged that the drug maker knew about but concealed the drug's safety risks, thereby violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act. The class action lawsuit against GM is based upon the same legal principal.
It is alleged that General Motors has acknowledged it was aware of the faulty ignition switch in the recalled vehicles as early as 2001. The defective part could cause the cars to lose power, affecting the vehicles' air bags, power steering, and brakes.
General Motors Cars Recalled for Defective Ignition Switches
The cars covered under the recall for the defective part are:
- Chevrolet Cobalt - 2005-10 model years
- Pontiac G5 - 2003-10
- Saturn Ion - 2003-07
- Chevrolet HHR - 2006-11
- Pontiac Solstice - 200610
- Saturn Sky - 2007 - 2010
- Opel GT - 2007
- Pontiac Pursuit - 2005-2006
Gray, Ritter & Graham and Stueve Siegel Hanson are working together on the Missouri consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors. The two firms also are investigating personal injury claims of owners of the recalled GM vehicles who suffered injuries in roadway accidents.
Missourians who purchased and currently own one of the GM recalled vehicles and believe they may have a legal claim - whether or not they have been hurt in an accident - can contact Gray, Ritter & Graham at 314-241-5620. More information may also be found at www.grgpc.com
Gray, Ritter & Graham attorney Don Downing, who was a lead attorney for the Missouri class of consumers who purchased Vioxx, is heading the GM consumer fraud investigations for the firm.
About Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.
Founded in 1946, Gray, Ritter & Graham is a St. Louis plaintiff litigation law firm that practices primarily in matters involving catastrophic injury and death, complex commercial and consumer litigation, product liability, medical negligence, and railroad and river worker injuries.
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