Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against GM in Lauderdale County

A photo of the 18-wheeler from the scene of the accident. Courtesy Photo: Lexington Police Department

A photo of the 18-wheeler from the scene of the accident. Courtesy Photo: Lexington Police Department

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A lawsuit naming General Motors claims a faulty ignition switch caused the death of a 32-year-old Lauderdale County woman.

Aubrey Wallace Williams had just dropped her two kids off at school when police say her car darted into the path of an 18-wheeler on Dec. 4, 2013.

A national recall of the Chevrolet Cobalt prompted authorities in Lauderdale County to re-open the investigation into a fatal wreck that claimed Williams’ life earlier this month.

General Motors has issued a recall for more than 1.4 million cars in North America. The issue cited in the recall has been linked to at least 12 deaths, according to GM.

The issue behind the recall involves ignition switches that can be bumped out of the “Run” position into the “Off” or “Accessory” position. That can cause power braking and steering, as well as airbags, to stop working.

The suit names General Motors, DELPHI Automotive Systems, Long-Lewis Ford of the Shoals, and Champion Chevrolet, among others, as those that manufactured, designed, or supplied the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The suit is requesting punitive damages against those named in the suit.

8 comments

  • Chuckie39

    How can you blame a faulty switch for running out in front of a truck? Ah, the smell of easy money…

    • Jennifer

      Bless you and your ignorance, Chuckie!! Her car shut off, causing her to not be able to control it while watching a log truck drive towards her! How about reading and researching before you make stupid comments!?

  • Dawn Nelson

    My daughter has this car, GM told us it may be 2-3 months before they get the part for it. This is the 5th recall we have received for this car.

  • Brandy Smith

    If GM had any kind of integrity, they would replace all the vehicles completely. These same vehicles have had so many recalls on them now that they should be deemed unsafe and GM should replace them.

  • Steve

    Gm don’t make most of the parts for the cars most small parts r made in different places a lot of these places make parts for more then one comp like Honda ford Nissan Toyota ect so person doing lawsuit should check into that and that comp to there list and it b a bad day if ppl can’t drive without power breaks and sterling if they tried to drive a car b4 they had it

  • Sandra Romine

    yes gm should have to pay, that family lost their mother and wife SO yes GM should be made to pay big and that still wont bring back those little kids mama to them..

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