Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a 23-year-old man killed in December 2013.
The young man was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt that crossed the center line and collided head-on with a school bus. The crash investigation revealed that the cause was linked to GM’s defective ignition switch.
The defective switch allows the key to slip from the “run” to “off” position while the vehicle is in operation. Once this happens, the vehicle abruptly loses engine power, the airbag system is disabled and steering and braking power are lost. Many of these incidents have led to the death of the vehicle’s driver and others involved.
This death could have been prevented. GM covered up the known ignition switch defect and failed to report the issue to the government or the public. Had the company conducted itself ethically, many lives would have been saved.
So far, more than 17.1 million vehicles have been recalled for a defective ignition switch.