GM Ignition Switches

A deadly ignition switch defect in nearly 2 million General Motors vehicles could deactivate the airbags and cause the engine to shut off suddenly. Despite knowing about the defect for more than a decade, GM did nothing to fix the fatal flaw that has caused thousands of crashes and killed at least 125 people.

Langdon & Emison represents clients across the country who have been injured by the GM ignition switch defect. For more than 30 years, our firm has earned a nationwide reputation in the field of auto products liability because of the millions of dollars we’ve won in cases involving defective vehicles and an auto manufacturer’s deliberate decision to choose profits before human safety. Click here for frequently asked questions related to the GM ignition switch litigation.

Langdon & Emison’s GM Ignition Switch Cases

Langdon & Emison has filed a series of lawsuits in the city of St. Louis on behalf of clients who were injured in accidents involving defective GM ignition switches. To date, Langdon & Emison has been successful in keeping these cases in a Missouri state court, defeating GM’s motions to transfer venue and consolidate discovery in the New York multidistrict litigation.

To refer a case to our firm, or for a free case evaluation, contact Langdon & Emison at 800-397-4910 or complete an online form.

Frequently Asked Questions About the GM Ignition Switch Litigation

What is the problem with the defective GM ignition switches?

Changes made to a switch that controls the ignition cause the ignition to turn to the “off” position when the vehicles is in motion, resulting in a loss of power to the brakes, steering and airbags. Motorists can be severely injured or killed if the key or steering column is even slightly touched or jostled.

GM admitted to criminal wrongdoing and agreed to pay a $900 million penalty for failing to report the safety defect to federal safety regulators and misleading consumers about the safety of affected vehicles.

What vehicles have been recalled due to the ignition switch defect?


  • LaCrosse, 2005-2009
  • Lucerne, 2006-2011


  • CTS, 2003-2014
  • Deville, 2000-2005
  • DTS, 2006-2011
  • SRX, 2004-2006


  • Camero, 2010-2014
  • Caprice, 2011-2013
  • Cobalt, 2005-2010
  • HHR, 2006-2011
  • Impala, 2000-2014
  • Malibu, 1997-2005
  • Monte Carlo, 2000-2007


  • Alero, 1999-2004
  • Intrigue, 1998-2002


  • G5, 2003-2010
  • G8, 2008-2009
  • Grand Am, 1999-2005
  • Grand Prix, 2004-2008
  • Solstice, 2006-2010


  • ION, 2003-2007
  • Sky, 2007-2010
  • Vue, 2002-2004

What should I do if my vehicle has been recalled?

Owners of recalled GM vehicles with faulty ignition switches are urged to contact GM immediately about repairs. You can contact GM directly by visiting its corporate website or by calling 800-222-1020. You can also visit for more information about the GM ignition switch recall.

What should I do if I’ve been injured in an accident involving a defective GM ignition switch?

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a GM vehicle with a defective ignition switch, contact an attorney immediately and make sure the vehicle is preserved. Langdon & Emison provides a free, no-obligation case review for people who may have grounds to file a GM lawsuit. Call our firm at 800-397-4910 or complete an online form.


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