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Feb 26, 2014 4:06 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Local Attorney Prepares to Sue GM

CORPUS CHRISTI - A General Motors recall has now led to a threat of a lawsuit by a Corpus Christi attorney. The issue is an ignition problem that GM admits may be linked to dozens of accidents.

General Motors is recalling more than 1-million vehicles to correct a problem with the ignition switch which could fail and shut off the engine. When that happens, the airbags may not deploy in a crash. The recall involves certain older model cars from 2005 through 2007. GM said it's aware of 31 crashes that could be linked to this problem.

The company has already recalled Chevy Cobalt models from 2005 through 2007 and the 2007 Pontiac G6s. Now, GM says it is also recalling Saturn Ions from 2003 to 2007, Chevy HHRs from 2006 and 2007, and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky models from 2006 and 2007.

Corpus Christi attorney Bob Hilliard is planning to file two lawsuits against GM. One involves two teens killed in an accident allegedly caused by the malfunction. The other involves some local families say their experienced that ignition problem.

The cases he's handling involves the Chevy Cobalt. Hilliard says the Cobalt's malfunction would cause the brakes and power steering to stop working, and the air bags wouldn't deploy.

He's representing the families of two 15 year old girls from Wisconsin died after Hilliard says their 2006 Cobalt malfunctioned. He's also representing 3 Corpus Christi families whose vehicles did the same thing. In their cases, no deaths were involved. Hilliard says it's time for GM to understand that when they have an issue like that, they can't wait 13 years to tell the public they've known about issue all along.

"General Motors could have easily shared the information that they actually had. They actually knew that there was a danger. They knew that the defect existed and they covered it up," said Hilliard.

Hilliard says his Law firm will be filing those lawsuits in the next few days.

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