When most people buy a new or used car, one of the things they are most likely to care about are the safety features. If you knew ahead of time that a car’s seat belts would not protect you in an accident, would you still buy the car and not address the problem? When safety features malfunction, accidents can be much worse than they need to be. One Texas family has been living through this nightmare, and they are now attempting to hold someone accountable.
In late 2010, a woman lost control of her 2003 Chevrolet Impala, sending the car into a culvert. Her car’s air bags did not deploy, and the woman was killed in the accident. The woman’s estate is now filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking damages, interest and court costs related to the fatal car accident.
– Article By Richard Weaver
The lawsuit was originally filed in a local Texas court but was changed recently to a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit lists General Motors, a local car dealer and a parts supply company as defendants. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were negligent in the “designing, manufacturing and marketing” of the defective Impala.
It is not enough for car companies to build a car and then assume no responsibility of something goes wrong that they could have prevented with a little due diligence. Perhaps the woman would still be alive today if her airbags had deployed the way they were supposed to. Grieving family members have the right to hold manufacturers accountable for their negligence.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against GM after car’s air bags failed to deploy,” Michelle Keahey, Jan. 13, 2013