11/17/2008A motor vehicle product liability suit has been filed against General Motors Corporation by a man who lost control of his 2007 Saturn Sky and hit a concrete culvert causing the vehicle to roll over.
Steven Slider, the driver, maintains that he wore his seat belt at the time of the crash, but claims to have sustained personal injuries because of the luxury sports car’s defective nature. He alleges that the vehicle was not "reasonably crashworthy, and was not reasonably fit for unintended, but clearly foreseeable, accidents."
Slider and his wife filed the suit against GM in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas on June 20.
According to the complaint, the vehicle was defective because of GM’s failure to provide adequate protection for occupants during a rollover, insufficient structural integrity of roof rail, failure of the rollover protection mounts of the vehicle, lack of pop-up roll bars or pop up seats, failure to reinforce high back seats to withstand the force of a rollover, and failure of GM to conduct drop tests or rollover testing.
Slider seeks damages in excess of $75,000 for medical expenses, pain, and suffering, extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, loss of wages, diminished earning capacity, interference with daily activities, and reduced capacity for enjoyment of life. His wife seeks additional loss of consortium damages.
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