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Victim’s Mother Wants More Answers from GM

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The mother of a young man killed in a 2009 auto accident involving a now recalled 2006 Chevy Cobalt claims that she wants more answers from General Motors following a visit with the automaker's CEO, Mary Barra.

Barra Meets with Victims Family’s

“As far as the CEO and our meeting, I felt like it was – she was a joke. Basically, she gave us no answers.” – Shannon Wooten as published by News Channel 5

On March 31, clients of Thomas J. Henry and Bob Hilliard traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the CEO of General Motors Co., Mary Barra.

The clients had hoped that the by meeting with Barra, they would be granted further insight into the automaker’s ongoing ignition switch recall and possibly begin to find closure; however, according to the mother of one victim, Barra offered the families very little.

News Channel 5 reports that In 2009, Shannon Wooten’s son Joshua was killed along the Tom Austin Highway in Adams, Tennessee. At the time of the accident, Joshua was driving a 2006 Chevy Cobalt equipped with a faulty defective switch which is at the center of a worldwide recall for 2.6 million GM vehicles.

Wooten claims that though Barra did offer an apology during the meeting, there was much more that could have been done. Wooten went on to call Barra’s handling of the meeting “a joke” and states that the CEO offered nothing in the way of answers.

While Barra and GM have vowed to do what is right for the victims before two congressional committees, the company has yet to set up any kind of compensation fund or offer a more transparent look into its internal investigation of the faulty switches.

About the GM Recall

Initially announced on February 7, the recall has since been expanded three times to include additional models and defective ignition lock cylinders.

According to releases by GM, 2.2 million of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S. and are equipped with ignition switches that could inadvertently shift from the “run” position to the “off” or “accessory” positions. This shift could result in loss of power steering and anti-lock brakes and can cause airbags not to deploy in the event of a collision.

The risk may be increased if the vehicle encounters bumpy terrain, is involved in an impact or if the key ring is carrying added weight.

So far, 13 deaths have been linked to the defect, as well as 31 frontal collisions in which airbags failed to deploy.  


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