MONTGOMERY, AL (WZDX) - The father of a North Alabama woman killed in a car crash is suing General Motors.
The attorney, on behalf of the family for 32-year-old Aubrey Williams, filed a lawsuit Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court claiming the ignition switch was the cause. The crash happened back on December 4th, 2013.
The family's attorney, Jere Beasley, says the faulty ignition switch in Williams' 2006 Chevy Cobalt caused her car to lose power and become uncontrollable. She then crossed into oncoming traffic, was hit by an 18-wheeler log truck and killed instantly.
The ignition switch was subject to a major recall. In the wake of the recall, GM has received reports of 12 deaths and 34 crashes. Last month, GM notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in more than 600,000 model year 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles.
The vehicle's ignition switch may unintentionally move from the "run" position to the "off" position resulting in a loss of power.
"They really have to know that there are more than 12 in my opinion. They simply put their profit structure over their safety structure. Putting profit over safety is a big time corporate mistake," said Attorney Jere Beasley with the lawfirm Beasley Allen, based in Montgomery.
GM spokesman Jim Cain says he can't comment on specific litigation, but acknowledges the incidents and has since apologized. GM has recalled 780,000 Chevy Cobalt models and Pontiac G5 vehicles.
It's not clear how much compensation the Williams family is seeking.