ATLANTA — Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say in a new federal lawsuit that General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.
Alexina and William Van Pelt of Evans say their daughter Haley has incurred more than $1 million in medical bills after she crashed into a tree. They say her 2003 Saturn Ion lost control because of a defective key system.
The Van Pelts claim a defect caused the key in then 17-year-old Haley's car to turn from the run to accessory/off position, shutting the engine off.
Their lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
Ignition switch defects are at the heart of a Congressional subcommittee's investigation into how GM handled safety issues.