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Quick sweep of auto manufacturer GM and Chrysler through bankruptcy just waived your claims for defect in the car, even if the defects hurt or kill you!

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General Motors and Chrysler swooped through bankruptcy court and into economic heaven. Not only do they dispose of financial obligations, but they are now immune to civil claims of injury or damages arising from defective cars. According to several advocacy groups, this is a serious blow to the families that have such claims now, and those that might have a claim when literally the wheels come off the car.

Is there something you can do! No. Not a thing. You no longer have any rights for all cars built or assembled and sold before the bankruptcy filing and finalization. There is however a movement to force sellers of such cars to place a plackard on each car where defects have been noted warning consumers of the injury potential before the consumer buys the car, whether new or used. The idea is of course to have these vehicles removed from the streets by reducing the demand for the cars. It is a great idea in my mind. Let the car dealers eat the losses caused by these defective death traps, and remocve these cars from use. Then we don’t have to claim personal injury when the defects manifest themselves.

James Ballidis is a personal injury and accident attorney with Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie in Newport Beach, California

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