CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez LLP, a law firm based in Texas, is representing the families of two teenaged girls killed when airbags failed to deploy during the crash of a GM Chevrolet Cobalt, which General Motors is now recalling.
Amy Rademaker, age 15, and Natasha Weigel, age 18, died on October 24, 2006 in St. Croix County, Wisconsin after their 2005 Cobalt left the road and crashed. Investigation revealed that airbags failed to activate and the ignition switch was in the accessory position, indicating power steering, power brakes and air bags could not have functioned properly.
As reported by CBS, GM has known of the engineering fault that causes the ignition switch to suddenly move to "accessory" or "off" since 2004, yet they did not issue a recall of affected vehicles until February 2014. Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez (HMG) contends that Amy and Natasha's deaths could have been prevented if GM had acted to correct this fatal defect in 2004 when they discovered it. GM acknowledges that 13 deaths have occurred as the result of the defect.
The families of the young victims have hired Bob Hilliard, with Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP, to pursue justice against General Motors. Mr. Hilliard states, "GM hid this dangerous, life-threatening defect from my clients and all other Cobalt drivers for over a decade just to avoid the cost of a recall. GM is guilty of betraying our trust and ending the lives of two beautiful young girls. I can do nothing to bring Amy and Natasha back to their families, but I can make GM think twice before ever again allowing a dangerous product to stay on the road for over a decade."
Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP (HMG) specializes in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death. The firm has won approximately $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for its clients. Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1986.
HMG is actively seeking to represent other victims of GM's defective vehicles.
SOURCE Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez LLP