Geauga County woman joins class action lawsuit against GM - CBS46 News

Geauga County woman joins class action lawsuit against GM

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MENTOR, OH (WOIO) -

Twelve plaintiffs filed the latest Class Action complaint against General Motors, LLC, alleging GM "fraudulently concealed and continues to fraudulently conceal material facts" regarding safety defects with the key system on a variety of cars made between 2005 and 2007.

Filed Tuesday in the San Francisco Division of the Northern District of California, the complaint alleges that GM engineering documents obtained by plaintiffs' counsel reflect that "the defects transcend just the ignition switch," despite the fact that GM only recalled the ignition switches themselves in 2014.
 
The GM engineering documents cite as defective the placement of the ignition switch, a lack of adequate protection of the ignition switch from forces of inadvertent driver contact, and they recommend using a different type of key.

The complaint cites a vehicle evaluation by a GM engineer in which the engineer concludes in 2004 regarding the ignition switch that would ultimately be used in the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt and others "[t]his is a basic design flaw and should be corrected if we want to repeat sales." The ignition switch was described as being so weak and so low on the steering column that the driver's knee could easily bump the key and turn off the car.
 
Despite GM's knowledge of the design problem, the company proceeded to inform their dealers that if a problem occurred, it was likely because the driver was "short or had a heavy key chain."

The car makes and models included the following: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2006-2007, Pontiac Solstice, 2005-2007 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007 Saturn Sky.
 
Representing plaintiff Roberta Cheraso from Geauga County, Mark DiCello, Esq., Partner at The DiCello Firm in Mentor, explained that GM has fallen horribly short in its attempt to address the catastrophic situation.

"General Motors has known for at least a decade that the defects in these vehicles extend beyond the ignition switches," says DiCello. "The company has decided to try to get away with a cheap fix rather than altering design elements, which is what it would take to render the vehicles safe."

Robert F. DiCello, Esq., co-counsel for Cheraso, added: "Many have died over the past decade, as GM sat idly by, falsely pointing fingers at drivers the company described as short. We will do everything we can to make sure this never happens again."
 
The remaining eight firms representing plaintiffs in the Class Action complaint alongside The DiCello Firm include: Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A.;  Baron & Budd, P.C.; The Cooper Firm; Conley Griggs Partin LLP; Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Goza, P.C.; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC; Bucci Bailey & Javins L.C.; and Siprut P.C.
 
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