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Woman claims defect in car caused airbags not to deploy in crash

By The Madison County Record | Jun 27, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS – A Belleville woman alleges she was injured in an accident in which the airbags did not deploy because of a purported defect.

Megan Webb filed a complaint on June 21 in federal court in East St. Louis against General Motors LLC alleging fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 26, 2013, she was a passenger in a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, heading southbound on Park Road in Belleville when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a patch, causing the vehicle to flip several times. The vehicle allegedly sustained severe damage, yet the airbags did not deploy. She claims she sustained major injuries in this wreck and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The suit states the airbags in the vehicle failed to deploy upon impact because of an ignition switch defect.

The plaintiff holds General Motors LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly designed and marketed vehicles with defective ignition switches, failed to disclose that its vehicles had the propensity to shut down during normal driving conditions and promoted the defective vehicles as safe and reliable.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount which the court deems fair and reasonable, prejudgment and post-judgment interests and for such other and proper relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Edward C. Kruse of Kruse Law LLC in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois case number 3:16-cv-00673

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