The suit, filed late Friday by Hilliard Munoz Gonzales of Corpus Christi, Texas, demands compensation for falling resale values of these damaged vehicles and also directs GM to tell vehicle owners to stop driving recalled cars until parts arrive in April to fix them.
Until then, lead attorney Bob Hilliard likens the cars to a "stick of dynamite with a slow-burning fuse. When it goes off it will be sudden, violent and deadly."
GM has recalled 1.6 million vehicles globally, including 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2003-07 Saturn Ions, Pontiac G5s, Solstices and Chevrolet HHRs. The key in the ignition switch can be jostled into accessory mode, which disables the power steering, air bags and other electrical systems.
GM is advising owners to remove heavy objects from their key chains. Dealers will begin replacing the ignition switches next month.
Twelve deaths and 31 crashes have been linked to the defective switches amid suggestions the number could be higher.
New information is emerging daily about what and when GM knew about the ignition switches. It faces four investigations.
"GM is focused now on ensuring the safety and peace of mind of our customers involved in the recall," said GM spokesman Greg Martin. "Our principle throughout this process has been to the put the customer first, and that will continue to guide us."
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