MONTGOMERY, ALA. (November 14, 2014) – For the first time since the General Motors (GM) ignition switch flaw was announced, former GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio spoke to a New York Times reporter about his role in the cover up. There is no doubt that Mr. DeGiorgio lied under oath in taped depositions leading up to the Melton settlement but there is little to prove that he was the only person privy to the ignition switch change in 2006. Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., and The Cooper Firm in Marietta, Ga., are in the early stages of discovery in the case of 29-year-old Brooke Melton, who was killed in a 2010 crash of her Chevy Cobalt linked to the defective GM ignition switch.
“Anybody who believes that Ray DeGiorgio was a lone wolf or just a rogue engineer at General Motors who acted without supervision is badly mistaken.” said Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley. “When the Melton case is tried, we will be able to prove that Mr. DeGiorgio’s actions and inactions involving the defective switch were known to a good number of persons at GM. The massive cover-up of the safety defect that followed will involve some very interesting folks at GM. It’s time for GM to come clean with the government, the courts and the American people.”
GM’s defective ignition switch has prompted the recall of more than 17 million vehicles to date. The ignition switch problem can allow the key to slip from the “run” to the “accessory” or “off” position, cutting off power steering and brakes, and disabling the airbags just when the driver most needs them. GM has repeatedly denied it knew of the ignition switch defect, now blamed for at least 32 deaths and several hundred injuries, before launching a recall in February. Investigations have revealed GM knew about the ignition switch defect for 11 years before disclosing it to safety regulators and the public.