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Federal Court Jury Holds GM Liable for Dangerous 2004 Suburban
On July 18, 2017, after three days of deliberations, a federal court jury in New Haven, Connecticut brought in a verdict of $2,875,000 in a wrongful death product liability case against General Motors. The lawsuit claimed that General Motors failed to adequately warn its customers of a hidden danger in its 2004 Suburban. More specifically, the lawsuit claimed that customers should have been warned that the 2004 Suburban could be shifted out of park without the driver's foot on the brake when the key was in the accessory position allowing the vehicle to rollaway without the engine running. An eight-year-old girl was killed when the Suburban unexpectedly rolled down a hill in 2011.
GM declared bankruptcy in 2009, returning to business as "new GM". GM takes the position in courts across the United States that even if they know of a dangerous condition in a GM car, if it was manufactured before 2009, "new GM" has no duty to warn customers of "old GM" about a problem with their car.
We strongly believe that GM has the legal duty to warn its current customers of defective conditions in its vehicles, whether they were manufactured by "old GM" or new GM.