JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Attorney General Jim Hood announced that Mississippi that Mississippi will receive over $1.47 million from a settlement with General Motors Company over defective ignition switches.
The settlement resolves a $120 million multi-state settlement after an investigation into allegations that GM failed to disclose problems with ignition switches installed in 2.1 million automobiles sold in the U.S.
"GM knew that people could be killed or seriously injured because of these defective switches but hid the problem anyway," said General Hood.
The defective switches can unexpectedly shift from the "run" position to "accessory" or "off," causing the vehicle to stall. It also disabled power steering, power brakes and airbags. GM became aware of the defect as early as 2004, but it took no action to notify consumers until 2014, according to a press release from the AG's office.
"Anyone who owns a GM vehicle should review these notices to make sure their vehicle is safe," said General Hood.
If you have purchased an affected vehicle and believe that they may have a claim against GM, you can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the AG's office at www.agjimhood.com.