General Motors Co has lost its bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of concealing critical evidence about a faulty ignition switch linked to the death of a Georgia woman in 2010. Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley denied late Saturday GM's motion to dismiss the new lawsuit filed in May by the family of Brooke Melton, according to a statement from the company. Melton died in March 2010 when the ignition switch on her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt slipped into accessory mode and the car collided with another vehicle, according to the suit.
Ken and Beth Melton, her parents, had previously sued the company in 2011 and settled in September 2013 for a reported $5 million. Information that emerged during the original lawsuit - including a design change to the switch - helped trigger the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles, including the Cobalt, and prompted congressional, federal and other investigations into whether the company had withheld knowledge of the problem.