Suit against GM claims vehicle's airbags failed to deploy

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 27, 2012, 4:31am

2004 Buick LeSabre

MARSHALL - A Henderson man has filed a lawsuit against GM claiming that his mother suffered severe injuries when her vehicle's airbags failed to deploy.

Rick Gill, individually and as personal representative of Carolyn Gill, an incapacitated adult, filed suit against General Motors on March 20 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

According to the lawsuit, Carolyn Gill suffered incapacity injuries in an injury that occurred on Sept. 12, 2011. Gill was riding in a 2004 Buick Le Sabre traveling in Rusk County. She lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle left the roadway causing it to flip and turn over onto its side.

The plaintiff states that Gill was properly seating and restrained wearing her three-point seatbelt.

Gill alleges that the vehicle was unreasonable dangerous because the airbags did not deploy, the vehicle failed to provide adequate restraint and protection and violated the principles of crashworthiness, according to the suit.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, impairment and disfigurement, loss of consortium, interference with daily activities, reduced capacity to enjoy life, interest and court costs.

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

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00142

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