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After announcing a large number of recalls in their vehicles for faulty ignition switches, many people across the United States have filed lawsuits and made claims against General Motors for accidents caused by this defect in their vehicles. Adding on to the list of already approximately 80 litigants are two Long Islanders: William Ross and Steven Groman. These two men accuse General Motors of selling dangerous vehicles and then failing to recognize or fix the defects related to their faulty ignition switches. Investigations have revealed that these ignition switches have turned off without warning, and this has been triggered by simple acts such as a bump of the knee or a heavy keychain.
Mr. Ross is a 65 year-old disabled Vietnam veteran who was the owner of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that he alleges caused him to be in two separate car accidents. The first, and most serious accident, took place on June 23, 2012 while he was driving on the Hempstead Turnpike. As a result, Mr. Ross lost control of his car and crashed into a divider. The car accident caused him to sustain permanent scarring and disfigurement on his right arm, ongoing pain and $6,297 in medical expense damages. His second accident occurred while driving on a local street where he again lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a divider.
Part of Mr. Ross’s frustration with GM stems from a visit that he made to his local dealership where he was assured that his vehicle was not involved with the nationwide recall. Then, a week later, he received a notice from GM telling him otherwise.
The other Long Islander adding on to the list of those suing GM is Steven Groman, a dentist. He owned a 2008 Chevrolet HHR that stalled while he was operating it on four separate occasions. Unlike Ross, he was not involved in any car accident as a result of the malfunction. Groman took his vehicle for inspection to his local dealership where the technicians told him they could not find anything wrong with his Chevrolet. It was not until after the fourth incident that the technicians finally found a defect with his connector, but not the ignition switch.
Both men, with the help of their attorneys, are now looking forward to joining the many in suits against GM.