• GM Ignition Switch Cited in Near Fatal Texas Crash
  • April 16, 2014 | Author: Todd A. Walburg
  • Law Firm: Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP - San Francisco Office
  • Vehicle after an alleged GM ignition defect accident Two days before Christmas last year, Texas resident Tiffany Adams was driving her 2007 Pontiac Solstice on a clear day, while wearing her seat belt, when the vehicle suddenly went out of control, traveled off the road, and collided with a tree. Ms. Adams suffered a broken neck, broken ribs, and other severe injuries that required the amputation of both her legs.

    Ms. Adams' Pontiac Solstice is one of more than 2.6 million GM models that have since been recalled based on an ignition switch failure that can turn off a vehicle's engine and cause the failure of essential components of the car's safety system, including the power steering system, anti-lock brakes, and airbags.

    In a lawsuit she filed yesterday in Texas state court, Ms. Adams charges that the defective ignition switch in her GM car triggered the loss of control of the car and prevented its airbags from deploying.

    Lieff Cabraser is serving as co-counsel for Ms. Adams. While GM has apologized to the public for the ignition defect, it has not actually accepted responsibility for its misconduct. GM must provide compensation to the scores of persons grievously injured over the decade that it knew its cars possessed a life-threatening safety defect yet failed to issue a recall.

    Our co-counsel, W. Mark Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm, noted, "This needless accident would not have happened if GM simply had warned customers that their cars included an ignition switch time bomb."