WHEELING – The attorney general has filed a suit against a Detroit automaker over allegations it sold unsafe vehicles.
West Virginia ex rel. and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a complaint Oct. 19 in Ohio Circuit Court against General Motors Co. alleging that the automobile manufacturer violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the defendant manufactured cars in the early 2000s that had key rotation or ignition switch-related issues. The defendant issued seven recalls over the issues in 2014 that affected more than 9 million vehicles in the country, the suit states.
The plaintiffs holds General Motors Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently sold unsafe motor vehicles and failed to disclose of the known safety risks associated with the operation of their vehicles.
The plaintiffs seek an order permanently enjoining and restraining defendants from engaging in deceptive acts of practices, award for civil penalties of $5,000 for each and every violation of the WVCCPA, costs and attorney's fees and such other necessary and just relief. They are represented by Douglas A. Davis of West Virginia Office of the Attorney General in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James P. Mazzone.
Ohio Circuit Court case number 17-C-294
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