GM accused of manufacturing defective Silverado

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 9, 2010, 5:33am

2007 Chevrolet Silverado

TYLER - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against General Motors for allegedly manufacturing a defective vehicle after a fatal crash in East Texas.

Sandra Tarango, individually and as representative of the estate of Franciso Tarango, deceased, filed suit against GM on Dec. 2 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

On June 24, Franciso Tarango of Perryton was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on US 60 in Hemphill County. According to the lawsuit, another vehicle pulled out in front of Tarango's truck causing it to hit the rear of a tractor trailer and catch fire.

General Motors is accused of manufacturing an unreasonably dangerous and defective vehicle because the vehicle failed to provide proper restraint, failed to prevent ejection from the seating area, failed to maintain its survival space and the vehicle failed to control and distribute energy.

Further, Tarango states the vehicle was defective because the safety systems failed to perform together like a safety chain and due to the lack of fuel shut off switch and power shut off switch.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain, suffering, extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of consortium, funeral and burial expenses, interest and court costs.

Tarango is represented by E. Todd Tracy and I. Scott Lidji of The Tracy Firm in Dallas.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:10-cv-00643

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