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Mississippi will get $1.5M in settlement with General Motors

Mississippi will receive nearly $1.5 million in a settlement with GM over defective ignition switches. This 2014 file photo shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va.
Mississippi will receive nearly $1.5 million in a settlement with GM over defective ignition switches. This 2014 file photo shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. AP File

Mississippi will receive $1.47 million from a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company following an investigation into allegations that GM failed to disclose problems with ignition switches installed in 2.1 million US cars.

The defective switches can unexpectedly shift the car’s ignition from the “run” position to “accessory” or “off,” causing vehicles to stall. The defect also disables power steering, power brakes, and airbags.

GM became aware of this defect as early as 2004, according to a press release from Attorney General Jim Hood, but didn’t notify consumers of the danger until 2014, when it issued the first of several vehicle recall notices.

Cars recalled are: 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-11 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-06 Pontiac Pursuit, 2006-10 Pontiac Solstice, 2007-10 Pontiac G5, 2003-07 Saturn Ion, 2007-10 Saturn Sky, 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro, 2005-09 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-11 Buick Lucerne, 2000-05 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-11 Cadillac DTS, 2006-14 Chevrolet Impala, 2006-07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS,

Also, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX, 2000-05 Chevrolet Impala, 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-05 Chevrolet Malibu Classic, 2000-05 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1999-04 Oldsmobile Alero, 1998-02 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999-05 Pontiac Grand Am, 2004-08 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2002-04 Saturn Vue, 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8

Any consumer who has purchased an affected vehicle and believes that they may have a claim against GM can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office at www.ago.state.ms.us.

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