MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Beasley Allen attorney J. Cole Portis has filed a lawsuit for an Alabama woman whose husband was killed in a vehicular rollover accident while driving his 1993 Geo Tracker. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division, and names as Defendants Suzuki Motor Corporation; American Suzuki Motor Corporation; General Motors; General Motors of Canada, Ltd.; Cami Automotive Inc.; Takata Inc.; Takata-Fischer Corporation; Takata Fabrication Corporation; and Key Safety Restraint Sysytems, Inc. Beasley Allen filed the complaint jointly with Robert Riley, Jr. of the Birmingham, Ala. Firm Riley & Jackson.
According to the lawsuit, Charles Mims was driving the Geo Tracker down County Road 37 in Chilton County on April 9, 2008 when the vehicle became unstable and rolled over. Mims was ejected from the vehicle and died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
The suit alleges that the Geo Tracker is defective and unreasonably dangerous in its design, manufacture, sale, and in the warnings that accompanied the vehicle. Additionally, the Geo Tracker is “unstable and prone to roll over and the vehicle’s restraint system failed to restrain the occupant,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit names four counts contributing to the wrongful death of Mims, including negligence in the design, manufacturing, warnings, inspection, and failure to recall the Geo Tracker when problems with the model became apparent after it entered the market.
The Plaintiff seeks jury-determined compensatory and punitive damages plus legal fees.