A lawsuit filed by the family of a Georgia woman that lost her life in an accident linked to the ignition switch recall has been set in motion after the Cobb County State Court Judge dismissed the motion axe the lawsuit.
Kathryn Tanksley, the Cobb County State Court Judge, approved the continuation of the lawsuit that was filed by the family of Brooke Melton in May, who accuse the company of concealing the critical evidence about the ignition switch defect. The 2.6 million cars equipped with the flawed part – which could cause the engine to stall and thus cut power to key safety systems, including airbags – were recalled in February, but numerous federal probes found evidence the defect was known at least a decade ago.
“This will allow the Meltons to finally get the answers to their questions of who at GM knew about the defects in Brooke’s car, why she was never told about the design change with the ignition switch and who participated in the decision to conceal evidence during their previous case,” said Lance Cooper, one of the victims’ family lawyer.
“GM will review the court’s order once it is entered and will evaluate its options,” commented the decision GM spokesman Pat Morrissey.
According to the suit’s filling, Melton was killed in an accident in March 2010 when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt impacted another car due to the ignition switch getting from “power” to “accessory” mode.