GM Sued Over Ignition Switch in Ala. Fatality

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A northwest Alabama man is suing General Motors, claiming his daughter's death was caused by an ignition switch that is the subject of a large recall.

Steve Smith filed the suit Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on behalf of his daughter, Aubrey Wallace Williams. The suit says the ignition in her 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt went out on Dec. 4, 2013, causing the vehicle to become uncontrollable. Her car crossed into the oncoming lane and hit an 18-wheeler log truck. She was killed instantly.

GM spokesman Jim Cain says he can't comment on specific litigation. But he says the company knows terrible things happened as the result of the faulty ignition switches, and it has apologized.

Smith's attorney, former Alabama Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley, says he expects to file more suits over the ignition switches.

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