CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (April 10, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry, a personal injury attorney leading the nation in GM recall injury and death litigation, has filed yet another lawsuit through his legal team naming current and former GM engineers Raymond DeGiorgio, Gary Altman, Mark LaNeve, Lori Queen, and Jim Queen as defendants in a recent ignition switch recall case.
According to the lawsuit filed by the legal team on April 10, 2014, the engineers had knowledge about defects in the ignition switches of 2.6 million Chevy, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles. The ignition switches on these vehicles can fail, causing loss of vehicle power, loss of power steering, and non-deployment of airbags. The recalled vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths and numerous other accidents and injuries.
Details of the Chevy Cobalt Accident
The lawsuit was filed on behalf Didra De Los Santos, the owner of a 2006 Chevy Cobalt which was included in the GM ignition switch recall.
Forensic experts retrieved the black box from the vehicle and determined that air bags failed to deploy in the accident, a known side-effect of recalled GM vehicles with defective ignition switches.
"DeGiorgio designed an improvement for the ignition switch in 2007, although he later denied, under oath, that he had done so. He did this in what can only be described as an attempt to conceal a defective condition that GM knew about in the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, the vehicle owned by Plaintiff."
- Excerpt from Lawsuit (Cause # 2014-CCV-60788-2, filed In Nueces County Court at Law #2)
Engineers and the Recall
According to reports, email correspondence between GM engineers has revealed that the individuals responsible for approving the fatal parts not only knew that the parts were defective, but even considered replacing them for that reason. Ultimately, it was determined that replacing the switches was not "cost effective." The cost of replacing the switches was reportedly 90 cents.
GM engineers named in the lawsuit include:
Raymond DeGiorgio – According to the lawsuit, DeGiorgio, lead design engineer for the Chevy Cobalt, approved a redesign of the ignition switch in 2006 but did not document the decision "in what can only be described as an attempt to conceal a defective condition." He has since been suspended with pay.
Gary Altman, Jim Queen, Lori Queen, and Mark LaNeve – According to the lawsuit, these were all high ranking engineers who are accused of being "involved in the cover up at GM concerning the extent of New GM's knowledge of the defective switch and the dangers it posed to the Plaintiff and others."
Thomas J. Henry Comments on Latest Lawsuit
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is representing a very large number of individuals who were injured and the families of those who lost loved ones in accidents involving the recalled vehicles.
According to lead attorney Thomas J. Henry, the naming of engineers in this lawsuit will help hold responsible parties accountable for their role in covering up these fatal defects.
"This is about corporate responsibility and personal responsibility," he stated. "The victims and their families deserve to know exactly what happened - who approved these defective parts and who covered it up."
"We intend to hold accountable every individual who had a part in knowingly letting these defective vehicles on the road- from the engineers, to the CEOs."
About the Firm
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national law firm and one of the largest injury firms in the country, is representing victims in all 50 states. As the leader in the GM national litigation, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is representing a large number of families who have lost loved ones and individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 31, 2014 ) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a personal injury firm handling numerous GM recall injury and death cases, is asking for the public's help in their nationwide GM recall investigation. The firm has launched a national media campaign-utilizing television, radio, web, and social media to gather information about the recent recall of 2.6 million Chevy, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles with defective ignitions. The ignition switches on these vehicles can fail, causing loss of vehicle power, loss of power steering, and non-deployment of airbags. The recalled vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths and numerous other accidents and injuries.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is representing a number of individuals who were injured and the families of those who lost loved ones in accidents involving the recalled vehicles. The firm has been investigating the issue aggressively, and has filed a number of lawsuits against General Motors and its CEO, Mary Barra.
"As the investigation continues, I have been shocked and horrified at what I have found," lead attorney Thomas J. Henry stated. "But my fear is that the information we have uncovered is just the tip of the iceberg. For us to get the full picture, we need the public's help."
The firm is asking all Americans affected by the GM recall to tell their story in the hopes that the information uncovered will help convince a judge to force GM to issue the "Park It Now" order and get the recalled vehicles off the road. After GM refused to voluntarily issue the Park It Now order, the firm filed an Emergency Motion in federal court to force the issue. Arguments will be heard before Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas on April 4, 2014. Thomas J. Henry hopes to collect the recall stories of any American affected prior to the hearing.
"We are asking any American affected by the GM recall to tell their story," Thomas J. Henry stated. "We want to talk to vehicle owners, former GM employees, mechanics, auto dealership employees...anyone who came in contact with these vehicles. Their stories will help us show how dangerous these vehicles are. They will help us get the cars off the road and save lives."
The firm has emphasized they will protect the identity of anyone who comes forward with information.
"We will respect your confidentiality. We will speak with your attorney, if you have one. The only goal is to get to the truth, and make sure no more lives are needlessly lost as a result of these defective, unsafe, vehicles," Thomas J. Henry stated.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 27, 2014) -- Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has filed an Emergency Motion in Federal Court to compel GM to issue a "Park It Now" notice to the current owners of certain Chevy, Pontiac, and Saturn vehicles recalled for defective ignitions. If the motion is granted, GM would be forced to tell recalled vehicle owners to park their cars until they are fixed.
"Then the company would have to decide whether or not to be a responsible corporation and provide substitute vehicles," Thomas J. Henry said.
The motion was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will hear arguments on April 4.
Though the recalled GM vehicles have been linked to 303 deaths, the company has continually refused to voluntarily issue a "Park It Now" notice, insisting the cars are safe to drive even though their recall release says they can cause serious injury and death.
"GM's refusal to voluntarily tell owners to 'Park it Now' shows a complete lack of concern for their own customers and for the public at large. This is not just an issue for GM vehicle owners. When a GM vehicle stalls or crashes on the road, the safety of every pedestrian and driver near that car is compromised. These recalled cars are ticking time bombs, travelling down the roadway along with the rest of us, our families, and our children. They need to be parked until repairs are made."
THOMAS J. HENRY REACTS TO CLAIMS THAT RECALLED CARS ARE SAFE TO DRIVE
On their website, GM states that several factors can increase the likelihood of ignition failure in the recalled vehicles; factors include heavy key rings, bumpy roads, or other jarring events. They also claim that the recalled vehicles are safe to drive as long as all ancillary items are removed from the key ring.
"They gloss right over the fact that a bumpy road can cause the ignition to turn off while the car is being driven, which can lead to accidents, serious injuries, and deaths," Thomas J. Henry stated. "I've been to every major city in the U.S. and have yet to find one that didn't have bumpy roads," he added.
"It is reckless to tell the public that these vehicles are safe to drive when hitting a pothole or travelling on uneven pavement can cause a fatal accident. Drivers cannot control the level of bumpiness on a road. The only thing drivers can control is the choice of whether or not to roll the dice and drive their cars despite these tremendous risks. GM should not be asking drivers to make this choice," Thomas J. Henry stated.
ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE GM RECALL
GM recalled 1.6 million Chevrolet, Saturn, and Pontiac vehicles in February over faulty ignition switches. Factors including a heavy key ring, the jarring of the key, or a bumpy road can cause the switch to slip from the "on" position to the "accessory" position, essentially cutting engine power and disabling the air bags, brakes, and power steering. GM has linked 12 deaths to the issue. The Center for Auto Safety has linked 303 deaths to the defect.
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national injury firm, is representing numerous families in states across the U.S. who have lost loved ones in accidents involving the recalled vehicles.
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