Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Defense attorney Bob Hilliard presented automotive engineering expert witness opinions in the Pennsylvania manslaughter case against Lakisha Ward-Green. Ward-Green was charged in the death of Robert Chambers IV.  She was driving 75 mph in a 35-mph zone when she crashed into a utility pole. The defense said the victim was not wearing a seat belt and air bags did not open upon impact. Judge Phillip Ignelzi, Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, set aside Ward-Green’s conviction.

The 2007 Cobalt vehicle Ward-Green was driving is included in the 2.6M vehicles recalled by GM for ignition switch defects. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set forth this consumer alert.

General Motors has notified NHTSA that it is recalling vehicles because a defective ignition switch can affect the safe operation of airbag systems.

This is a serious safety issue that should be addressed immediately by following GM’s recommendation to “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring” and getting the repairs as soon as consumers receive final notification from GM.


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