In light of General Motors’ (GM) recent ignition switch defect recall and controversy, Jere Beasley, founding shareholder of Beasley Allen, joins host Gibson Vance to explain what has happened thus far and the lawsuits the firm is handling and investigating.
GM’s ignition switch defect allows the key to unintentionally slip from the “run” to “off” or “accessory” position while the vehicle is being operated. The ignition defect causes the sudden loss of engine power, airbag system, braking and steering, creating a hazardous emergency situation.
Brooke Melton, a young woman in her 20s, was killed March 10, 2010, when the ignition module of her 2005 Cobalt slipped into the accessory position as she drove along Highway 92 in Paulding County, Ga. Melton’s Cobalt skidded into another vehicle, and Melton died of her injuries in the crash. After the tragedy, the Melton family sought The Cooper Firm, a highly successful Atlanta-area firm, for counsel after facing a legal claim from the driver in the other vehicle. Since then, Beasley Allen and The Cooper Firm have agreed to work together in order to handle GM-related product liability claims and have filed lawsuits related to the ignition switch defect.