Families in Wis. crash that killed 2 girls sue GM

DETROIT (AP) – The families of three teenagers killed or injured in a 2006 Wisconsin car crash are suing General Motors.

Natasha Weigel and Amy Rademaker died after the crash, which involved a Chevrolet Cobalt. Megan Phillips was injured.

Last month GM recalled 1.6 million Cobalts and other small cars to replace faulty ignition switches. The company has admitted knowing of the problem for at least 11 years.

The switches can slip out of the run position, shutting down the car’s engines. That can cut off power-assisted steering and brakes and cause drivers to lose control. It also disables the air bags.

Texas attorney Robert Hilliard says GM was negligent in designing the cars and committed fraud by failing to disclose facts about the defects.

GM would not comment on the lawsuit.

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