The No.1 US automaker seems to have a never-ending story when it comes to the untimely recall of 2.6 million cars over defective ignition switches, linked so far to at least 13 deaths.
Besides numerous lawsuits coming from the people who claim their cars lost value due to the handling of the recall, there are also actions filed by victims or relatives involved in accidents. Now, one Georgia couple, which last year settled their lawsuit over the faulty ignition switch have filed for a new action against the automaker.
Ken and Beth Melton, parents to Brooke Melton, 29, who died in March 2010 after her 2005 Cobalt experienced a problem with the defective switch and collided with another car, said that GM fraudulently concealed evidence and allowed one of their representatives to lie under oath.
“The Meltons would not have settled their case if they had known of the perjury and concealment of critical evidence,” said the couple’s attorney, Lance Cooper.
According to the lawsuit plaintiffs, the company’s recent statements to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress revealed the perjury, as it was proved to be a lie when a chief design engineer for Cobalt’s switch testified he had no idea about design changes to the switch, with GM backing him up.