A Paulding County couple is walking away from a monetary settlement with General Motors over the 2010 death of their daughter, accusing the automaker of perjury and fraud.
“I feel like I have been lied to,” said Ken Melton, whose daughter, Brooke, died three years ago when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt unexpectedly switched off.
She lost control of the vehicle and crashed on a rain-slick road in 2011. It was one of 13 fatal accidents tied to the ignition switches.
Earlier this year, GM recalled 800,000 vehicles because of the faulty switches, but after the Melton’s attorney, Lance Cooper, complained to federal regulators, the recall was widened. It now includes 2.59 million vehicles.
The Meltons’ attempt to refile the suit comes after GM CEO Mary Barra said under oath that one of the engineers involved in the ignition switch design lied under oath.
GM denies wrongdoing and has refused to rescind the settlement. The case now goes to a Cobb County Superior Court.