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Some recalled vehicles could remain unfixed in Montana

As many Montana readers of this blog are aware, General Motors has recalled approximately 2.6 million vehicles due to a potentially fatal ignition switch defect. Many of the owners of these vehicles have already begun to have the problem corrected for free at a GM dealership. However, experts are predicting that hundreds of thousands of these defective and dangerous automobiles will never be repaired. This is dangerous -- not just for the drivers who do not get their vehicles repaired but for everyone else they share the road with.

Wrongful death case now involves Montana bartender

Do you think it's fair to charge a bartender for a drunk-driving accident that took place outside of the facility? According to this news report from April 16, Montana authorities must believe it is. In this case, the authorities are looking into the story of a bartender who allegedly served alcohol to a person who later caused a fatal accident. Now, that bartender is facing two charges for serving an intoxicated person and one for obstructing a peace officer.

$8.8 million award upheld in defective product case

In October of 2004, a young girl lost an arm in a farming accident involving a borrowed piece of farm equipment called a post-hole digger. The owner had modified it by removing its safety shield. The girl's coat pocket got caught on a bolt protruding from the tool, resulting in the loss of her right arm.

Officials consider revamping intersection after truck accident

Officials in a Montana town intend to review safety measures at one intersection in Bozeman after a collision between a dump truck and a car. Public safety representatives in Gallatin County say the intersection of Love and Baxter Lanes in Bozeman may be lacking critical safety features that could prevent car and truck accidents. Although the intersection does meet federal guidelines, improvements such as a four-way stop could be installed to improve driver safety.

General Motors' chief executive faces Congress over car recall

What could be worse for any Montana driver than finding out his or her car has a dangerous defect? Knowing that the manufacturer was aware of the defect and kept it under wraps. This is what Congress has been drilling General Motor's new chief executive officer, Mary Barra, about over the past few days. The hearing has been tense and addressed GM's accountability in a serious ignition defect that led to the recall of 2.53 million cars. The defect caused the ignition to unexpectedly shut off, along with the air bags and power assist needed for steering and braking. This flaw was allegedly responsible for 13 deaths and 32 accidents.

Woman files wrongful death claim on behalf of slain daughter

In 2011, a woman from Georgia discovered that her estranged husband had shot and killed their 6-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself in the family's North Carolina home. The woman attempted to recover the funds her deceased husband had in a trust account but was denied access even after filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of her daughter. This might sound like a case greed, but let's take a closer look at the tragedy.

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