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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against GM

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A wrongful death lawsuit filed on Friday in Minnesota court accuses General Motors of concealing defective ignition switches. It is believed to be the first wrongful death lawsuit filed against the automaker since February’s 1.6 million vehicle lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three teenagers who were seriously injured (two of the teens died) in a crash involving a recalled vehicle in 2006.

More About the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Thomas J. Henry and co-counsel Hilliard Munoz and Gonzales filed the lawsuit late Friday in Minnesota courts seeking damages against GM for the deadly 2006 accident. The lawsuit claims GM was aware of defective ignition switches for more than a decade but failed to take proper steps to either fix or remove the vehicles from the roads.

The ignition switches have a defective design which allows the key to be turned from the “on” position to “accessory” or “off” when jostled or if extra weight is added to the key ring. The resulting sudden loss of power to the engine, steering and airbag systems has been linked to at least 12 deaths and 34 injuries.

In 2006, Megan Phillips, 19, lost control of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt which caused her vehicle to run off the road and strike a telephone junction box and two trees. Two passengers, Amy Rademaker, 15, and Natasha Weigel, 18, were both killed in the accident. Phillips sustained severe brain and body injuries. 

Other Lawsuits Filed Against GM

Since the February recalls were announced, there have been at least five proposed class action lawsuits filed against the automaker. An investor also filed suit against GM on Friday, claiming that the recalls “wiped off billions in value of GM shares.” 

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