General Motors scandalous handling of the ignition switch recall that encompasses 2.6 million cars and was linked to 13 deaths triggered a massive amount of lawsuits – besides probes from almost every US federal authority.
Now, two of the law firms that already work fro plaintiffs in cases against the No.1 US automaker have decided to band together and plan to file at least 200 more lawsuits against the company.
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. and Cooper Firm are joining forces, with the latter’s Lance Cooper being the first attorney – through a 2010 lawsuit on behalf of the family of Brooke Melton – to attract attention on GM’s problems with ignition switches.
Back in March 2010, Melton, 29, from Georgia, died in a crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Her car’s ignition key moved “run” to “accessory” during the moments before the crash, which triggered an engine shutdown and also the loss of critical safety systems. This particular crash, occurring on the side, is not even counted by GM among the 13 deaths directly linked to the defective ignition switch.
“We believe that by joining forces in this manner we can help GM’s victims take on the powerful automaker,” said Jere Beasley, the founding shareholder at Beasley Allen, in a statement. “General Motors has betrayed the American people, hid a deadly vehicle defect for more than 10 years causing numerous deaths of innocent victims. The company must now be held accountable for its wrongdoing.”
Back in late February, GM recalled 2.59 million Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models for the defective ignition switch, which in certain cases can cause the key to jump from the “run” position to “off” or “accessory” while driving – also prompting the loss of critical safety systems like the airbags.