Suit against GM claims air bag failed to deploy

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 2, 2011, 3:37pm

GALVESTON � Alleging an airbag did not deploy during a one-car accident, Richard Taylor is suing General Motors LLC and driver Angela Carrell.

In a lawsuit filed April 18 in Galveston County District Court, Taylor claims the 2006 Cadillac CTS in which he rode and being driven by Carrell on April 1 contained a defective front passenger airbag.

He and the defendant were traveling through Dickinson at the time of the incident.

The original petition says Carrell negligently failed to control her speed, lost control of the Cadilla and violently struck a metal guard rail.

"The crash was severe enough to activate the front passenger air bag," it states.

"However, the passenger air bag did not deploy."

Taylor mentions he suffered several lacerations to his head and injuries to his neck and back. GM subsequently recalled the vehicle.

The suit asserts that GM failed to timely and properly notify Carrell of the Cadilla's defective condition, failed to advise authorized dealerships to remedy the problem and manufactured and distributed the vehicle without making corrections.

Consequently, Taylor sues for physical injuries, permanent scarring, disfigurement and medical expenses.

He is represented by attorneys Norman Jolly and Michael B. Jolly of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 11-cv-0657

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