Still waiting for that $200 GM recall settlement check? Here's when to expect it
As many as 33,000 Arizonans are slated to receive checks of $200 or more in a recall settlement with the vehicle manufacturer GM, the Arizona Attorney General announced in March.
But many are wondering why they haven't seen a check.
If you're one of them, don't worry. You aren't missing out.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office told The Arizona Republic the process will take several more months to complete.
Eligible drivers should receive claim letters by August, spokeswoman Katie Conner said. Recipients should fill the forms out and send them back.
The refund checks are expected to be sent in early 2019, Conner said.
Why Arizona drivers are getting money
GM agreed to pay $6.3 million to eligible drivers in Arizona and $1 million in fines to the state in the wake of revelations that ignition switches in its vehicles could turn off suddenly. The defect contributed to as many as 124 deaths across the country.
Other GM vehicles had problems with airbags and power steering, spurring recalls in 2014 of millions of vehicles.
The Arizona lawsuit alleged GM falsely advertised, concealed defects and created a corporate culture that devalued vehicle safety.
Arizona was the only state that obtained money for consumers, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
"Consumers should always come first," Brnovich said in a written statement. "I wasn't going to settle until Arizona consumers received compensation."
How can I get money from the settlement?
Keep an eye out for a letter. You must sign and return a release form mailed to you by a claims administrator.
If you have questions, call the Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763, in Tucson at 520-628-6648 or outside the metro area at 800-352-8431.
How much will I receive?
You'll get a minimum of $200 if everyone who is eligible submits claims. But you could receive more if fewer people apply.
It's after August. Why didn't I receive a letter?
If you still haven't received a claim form, it's likely you aren't eligible for the settlement, the Attorney General's Office said.
Even though your car may be a make, model and year involved in the settlement, not all of those cars were part of the original recall. If you don't remember receiving a recall notice or having your ignition replaced, chances are your vehicle wasn't part of the original recall.
To check if your vehicle was part of the original recall, search your VIN number at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
You can also contact the claims administrator if you believe you should have received a claim form by calling 1-866-425-5214 or emailing AZAGSettlement@noticeadministrator.com. The administrator will look up your VIN and tell you if you are in the settlement system.
If you are on the list, request that they send you a new form.
When must the vehicle have been purchased?
Your vehicle must have:
- Been purchased between July 10, 2009 and July 10, 2014.
- Have come new or certified pre-owned from a GM dealer in Arizona.
- Not been resold before the recall was announced in February 2014.
Which models may be eligible?
Have been subject to a recall notice.
- Buick Enclave (’08 - ‘13)
- Buick Lacrosse (’05 - ‘09)
- Buick Lucerne (’06 - ‘11)
- Cadillac CTS (’03 - ‘14)
- Cadillac Deville (’00 - ‘05)
- Cadillac DTS (’06 - ‘11)
- Cadillac SRX (’04 - ‘06)
- Chevy Camaro (’10 - ‘14)
- Chevy Cobalt (’05 - ‘10)
- Chevy HHR (’06 - ‘11)
- Chevy Impala (’06 - ‘14)
- Chevy Malibu (’04 - ‘06)
- Chevy Malibu Maxx (’04 - ‘06)
- Chevy Monte Carlo (’06 - ‘08)
- Chevy Traverse (’09 - ‘13)
- GMC Acadia (’08 - ‘13)
- Pontiac G5 (’07 - ‘10)
- Pontiac Solstice (’06 - ‘10)
- Saturn Ion (’03 - ‘07)
- Saturn Outlook (’08 - ‘10)
- Saturn Sky (’07 - ‘10)
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