Today Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley announced the firm has filed a personal injury lawsuit against GM, related to the automaker’s ignition switch recall. The lawsuit was filed in Indiana on behalf of two young people seriously injured in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt when the airbags failed to deploy. Beasley Allen Shareholder Mike Andrews, who is the lead attorney for this case, says the complaint alleges the airbag failure is related to the defective ignition switch in a variety of GM vehicles. GM recalled nearly 2 million vehicles in February for the problem, which allows the key to move from the “on” to the “accessory” or “off” position. This results in loss of power steering and power brakes, and disables the airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. It was later revealed the GM knew about the defective ignition switch as early as 2001. GM has attributed at least 13 deaths to the problem, although an independent consumer watchdog group says the number may be more than 300. Beasley Allen had previously filed a wrongful death lawsuit related to the ignition switch recall, on behalf of the family of an Alabama woman killed in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt crash.
April 15, 2014