Colorado Family Files Lawsuit Against General Motors After Crash

August 12, 2014 5:12 PM

Colorado Family Files Lawsuit Against General Motors After Crash
" DENVER (CBS4)- A family in Colorado has filed a lawsuit against General Motors after their daughter was in a terrifying crash they believe was connected to faulty ignition switches.

Lawsuits were filed after General Motors Co. in February began recalling 2.6 million cars, mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions. GM has acknowledged knowing that the switches in its small cars had problems since at least 2001. Federal law requires automakers to report safety defects to the government within five days of discovering them.

The ignition switches, when jostled, can shut off the engine, cutting power steering and brakes and potentially causing drivers to lose control. The problem also can disable air bags.

“It’s so disturbing that GM didn’t think that my daughter was worth a 50-cent part,” said plaintiff Joseph Hamilton.

Stephanie Hamilton was driving her 2006 Chevy Cobalt along Interstate 70 in December 2013 when a wind gust forced her off the road. When she tried to regain control, Hamilton believes the key turned to the “off” position which compromised the power to her car "

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