State man sues GM over wife’s crash death
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports Jason Vest of Princeton filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. It also names a parts manufacturer and a Princeton car dealership.
The lawsuit says 26-year-old Keisha Vest’s car failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a tractor-trailer in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The vehicle’s airbags didn’t deploy.
Earlier this year, GM began recalling older small cars such as the Cobalt and Saturn Ion to fix faulty ignition switches. GM says the switches have caused more than 13 deaths, although lawmakers say the death toll is closer to 100.