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GM sued for wrongful death in faulty ignition case
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:27:21 AM »

Originally published: March 25, 2014 2:32 PM
Updated: March 25, 2014 7:05 PM
By JESSICA DYE. Reuters  

A retired employee of Delphi Automotive has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit claiming General Motors Co. concealed a faulty ignition switch that was responsible for a crash that killed his daughter.
The lawsuit was brought Monday by Steve Smith in Alabama state court and names GM as a defendant, as well as Delphi, which supplied the ignition switch to GM.

GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles in February, despite learning of problems with the ignition switch as early as 2001 and issuing related service bulletins to dealers with suggested remedies in 2005. GM has linked the ignition switch problems to 12 deaths.

The company has apologized for how it handled the recall.

A spokesman for GM, Jim Cain, declined to comment on the lawsuit. A spokeswoman for Delphi did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to the complaint, Smith's daughter, Aubrey Wallace Williams, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt on a highway in Alabama when the ignition switch failed, causing the engine to shut off and turning off power in the vehicle. The car became uncontrollable and crossed into a different lane where it struck an 18-wheeler truck, the complaint said. Williams was killed instantly.

The lawsuit did not specify how much Smith is seeking in damages. It said GM and Delphi knew about the switch problem but failed to address it, resulting in Williams' death.

The automaker has said it is moving as fast as it can to repair vehicles with the faulty switch.
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Re: GM sued for wrongful death in faulty ignition case
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014, 01:07:36 PM »
I wonder how long it'll take for the class action mills to glom onto this.  I'm not saying the victims don't have valid claims - I think they absolutely do - just that when the class action plaintiffs' bar gets its hooks into something, the attorneys usually walk off with the lion's share of any eventual settlement or judgment.

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