A lawsuit involving a Chevy Silverado has been filed against General Motors in a Texas federal court. The family of a man who was killed in his 2002 Silverado in South Dakota contends that the truck was improperly designed. The family of Brett McDaniel alleged that GM was negligent in designing the pickup truck and that his seatbelt “literally blew apart” during the crash. The decedent was driving the 2002 Silverado on Jan. 30 when his vehicle skidded on the icy road and he lost control.
The vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, and McDaniel’s truck collided with another vehicle. McDaniel was killed, even though he had been properly seated and wearing his seatbelt. The family contends that the incident involving the decedent was foreseeable and took place during the normal use of the truck. It’s contended that the Silverado should have been able to protect the decedent during the crash.
It was alleged in the complaint that the vehicle failed to have torso or side curtain airbags and violated “principles of crashworthiness.” It’s contended that GM didn’t conduct adequate testing or a thorough engineering analysis. GM is accused of being “negligent in the design, manufacture, assembly, marketing and/or testing of the vehicle in question.”
The Silverado has been subject to several recalls for safety concerns, including recalls in May for tie-rod defects and retention clips that can come loose. There were also recalls for a base radio that doesn’t alert drivers when their doors are open or when their seatbelt isn’t buckled and for a transfer case that might electronically switch to neutral without the driver telling it to do so. In July, GM recalled more Silverado pickups for an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly. It will be interesting to see how the McDaniel case develops when discovery starts.
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