There may be no force on earth as strong as a grieving parent. That's what General Motors representatives have discovered after being slapped with a lawsuit from an Alabama father who says his daughter's GM vehicle was faulty and led to her auto accident last December. The crash took the woman's life.
It apparently occurred when the ignition of the woman's Chevy Cobalt stopped working while she was driving. This is said to have led to her being unable to control her car, which crashed into oncoming traffic. Once in the wrong lane, the Cobalt was hit by an 18-wheeler that was transporting logs.
The problem with the ignition in the GM vehicle has actually led to a massive recall by the automobile manufacturer. However, the recall did not occur until February. At that time, about 1.6 million GM cars were recalled because their ignitions automatically switched positions without the driver's assistance. GM has issued a statement acknowledging that there was a problem but has not accepted blame in the Alabama woman's death.
Now, the woman's father who is suing GM is claiming that there is evidence that GM previously knew the ignition systems were faulty, and that they covered up the issues rather than making them public before deaths could be prevented. A full-blown investigation will ensue, and should the father be able to prove his case, GM could be forced to pay out significant amounts because of his daughter's tragic death in the auto accident. Alternatively, as sometimes happens in cases of this nature, GM may choose to agree to a financial settlement rather than take the case to court.
Source: USA Today, GM sued over December fatal crash in Alabama, No author, March 25, 2014