Farrar & Ball successfully conclude litigation with General Motors and Key Safety Systems.
Farrar & Ball, LLP successfully concluded litigation with General Motors Corp. In August of 2006, the Ramirez family were traveling in their General Motors Astro minivan when the left rear tire failed by belt/tread separation. The Astro van rolled on dry flat pavement without being tripped by road debris of any kind. During the roll, the A and B pillar of the Astro van collapsed into the passenger compartment thereby causing catastrophic failure of the safety restraint system. The failure of the restraint system resulted in the partial ejection of Mr. Ramirez during the roll. As a result of his partial ejection, Mr. Ramirez’s head was pinched between the pavement and minivan, which resulted in fatal injuries. Scene evidence and pictures unequivocally proved all occupants were wearing their seatbelt during the rollover. It was necessary for emergency personnel to cut Mr. Ramirez from his seatbelt before being removed. Three other occupants survived the rollover, although two occupants – both minor children – suffered severe brain injuries as a result of being ejected from the vehicle during the roll.