Survivors turn auto defect death into prevention strategy

Defective airbags, faulty brakes or an electrical failure: Auto defects are much more than an inconvenience; they can be deadly. People in Tennessee who have been injured as a result of a defective vehicle do have legal recourse against the car manufacturer. When a life is lost, the survivors are often left with frustration, grief and anger. However, two people who lost their daughter because of a car defect are channeling those emotions into a prevention strategy.

In 2010, a 29-year-old woman was in her vehicle on her birthday when the car shut down. The 2005 Chevy Cobalt had a defect that caused the vehicle to turn off the anti-lock brakes and the power steering. As a result, the car veered out of her lane on the highway and crashed into another vehicle, killing the woman.

According to the woman’s father, the vehicle had done something similar before. Just days before the fatal accident, the dealership had told the woman that there was no fix to the problem. Last year, General Motors finally issued a recall of millions of its vehicles, including the Cobalt, acknowledging that the shutdown the young woman experienced was a known issue.

Using the funds secured from a lawsuit settlement and a disbursement from a GM fund, the woman’s parents have launched a safety watch list. The list highlights potential defects in vehicles based on injury and death claims across the country. The woman’s parents hope that their efforts will prevent incidents like the one their daughter suffered. People who suspect that their vehicle may have a defect should alert the manufacturer and an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: NBC News, “Parents of BM Crash Victim Fund Vehicle Safety Watchlist,” Tom Costellor and Rich Gardella, Sept. 7, 2015

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