General Motors (GM) has recalled 1.6 million vehicles, including the Chevrolet HHR, for an ignition switch problem that may suddenly shut off the engine, brakes, steering, and airbags. The problem has been linked to at least 34 crashes in which airbags failed to deploy, resulting in 12 deaths — but the number may be significantly higher.
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What is the Chevrolet HHR?
General Motors (GM) manufactures the Chevrolet Heritage High Roof (HHR), a station-wagon / sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The HHR is built on the GM Delta platform, which is the same as the recalled Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Saturn Ion.
List of Chevrolet HHR Recalls
If you need a complete list of Chevrolet HHR recalls, go to www.SaferCar.gov to search for recalls, complaints, and investigations related to the model-year of your choice.
Chevrolet HHR Recall
The Chevrolet HHR was recalled in February 2014 because a defective ignition switch may allow the key to move out of the “run” position, which could shut off the engine, air bags, power-assisted steering, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. This problem could cause a car accident. A loss of airbags increases the risk of injury or death.
How Do Accidents Occur?
If you drive the Chevrolet HHR with a faulty ignition switch, GM recommends only using the ignition key. Take off the key fob (if applicable) and do not use a key ring with other keys or accessories. Be warned this does not fix the problem — drivers have reported that the key moved spontaneously while driving.
- Driving with the ignition key on a keychain.
- Driving off-road, over potholes, train tracks, or bumpy roads.
- Accidentally bumping the key or steering column (especially shorter drivers).
- Getting in an accident, which may also shut off the airbags.
Chevrolet HHR “Stalling Problems” Reported in 2009
In 2009, a local TV news station in Raleigh, North Carolina reported a “stalling problem” with a Chevrolet HHR. They were contacted by Loretta Barnes, who told reporters that her car stalled without warning — including once on train tracks. She took the car to the dealership five times, but GM did not fix the problem.
Investigators found 22 reports of “stalling,” but when they contacted GM, the company said the problem was still under investigation. They were able to help Loretta negotiate a deal on a new car, but she warned: “You need to recall this. I’m scared somebody’s going to have to die for you to recall this car.”
GM Recall Class Action Lawsuit
GM is facing a criminal investigation from the Justice Department and several class action lawsuits throughout the United States. They are also facing harsh criticism after admitting that they knew about the ignition switch for 12 years before issuing the recall, ignored dozens of complaints, and linked the problem to anywhere from 12 to more than 300 deaths. The first class action was filed in Texas in March 2014. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for lost use of their vehicle, repairs, and diminished resale value.
Need a Chevrolet HHR Lawyer?
The Automotive & Crashworthiness Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Chevrolet HHR lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Chevrolet HHR Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured or died in a recalled Chevrolet HHR, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.