Lawsuit against GM Helps Expose Vehicle Dangers, Prompts Further Investigation

After learning that their daughter Beth had been killed in a car accident in her Chevy Cobalt, Ken and Beth Melton decided to take action and file a lawsuit against the car’s manufacturer, GM. They hired reliable experts who confirmed the malfunction and which led to the disclosure of GM’s prior awareness of the defect and its failure to order a voluntary recall. The absence of effective oversight by the highly regarded National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in this particular instance where over a dozen similar reports of catastrophic vehicle failure was disregarded has also become evident. So How did the truth come out? It was the very Court system and the Trial Lawyers toiling in their work of seeking answers for a grieving family that brought this to light, resulting in a life saving recall and testimony before Congress.

Michael Smerconish at CNN stated, “We know what we know today only because of the Meltons’ pursuit of justice, their willingness to file a lawsuit. Our civil justice system, it’s often maligned. But, you know, it remains a great check on our free enterprise system. Often, it serves as a more vigilant force than the government itself.”

The clip in its entirety can be viewed here.

As Smerconnish noted, the next time you get a summons for Jury duty, consider the importance of that task instead of looking for ways to avoid the service. Its not only about the convenience any more than cases involving defective products or sub standard medical care is about the money due in compensation for what sometimes can’t even be measured adequately.

Contact the Law Offices of Paul Levin, today by calling (860) 560-7226 to learn more about this case or if you have any questions about how vehicle defects may have played a role in your accident.

Number of GM Vehicles Recalled Tops 3 Million

GM recently announced the recall of over 1.55 million SUVs, minivans, and sedans citing concerns with the vehicles’ airbags, seat belts, and brakes. This recall comes just days after the company announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches in the vehicles that could result in the vehicle suddenly losing power and airbags failing to deploy.

GM has faced considerable criticism regarding its recall of the Chevy and Pontiac vehicles, as evidence shows that the company received complaints about these vehicles as early as 2003 and failed to recall the vehicles for over a decade.

In Connecticut, case law suggests that a product seller has a duty to warn about a potential defect on a post sale basis. The failure to advise and perhaps conceal known potential defects affecting certain classes of cars may also give rise to liability for punitive damages under a recklessness theory pursuant to Conn. Gen Stat. Sec. 52-240b (http://cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap901.htm#Sec52-240b.htm). In Connecticut, like other civilized jurisdictions, people should not have to die before a product seller initiates an effort to warn consumers, even if a general recall may not be yet warranted.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a defective GM vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact Law Offices of Paul Levin today at (860) 560-7226.