A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against General Motors for $100 million because alleged defects in the wheels and tire pressure monitoring system caused the death of three people – two of which were children.
General Motors allegedly knew about the defects but failed to issue a recall. In this case, defects in the wheels and TPMS caused a tire blowout that led to a fatal crash.
On September 2, 2020, Griselda Solis de Calixto was driving north on FM 803 in a 2008 GMC Yukon. In the opposite lane, Maria Zamora was driving south with her two daughters and three grandchildren, ages 3, 4, and 6. The Zamora family had been on their way to register the children for school.
Mrs. Calixto’s Yukon allegedly suffered a left rear tire blowout, causing her to veer into the southbound lane and crash right into Mrs. Zamora’s vehicle. Mrs. Zamora and two of her grandchildren were killed in the accident, and all passengers sustained serious injuries.
The GMC Yukon allegedly had four GMC Z88 EXC Hybrid HP2 cast aluminum wheels, which are prone to corrosion that allows air to escape. According to the lawsuit, the faulty TPM sensors failed to alert the driver of the low tire pressure in the defective wheel.
Maria Zamora’s family filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mrs. Calixto. The lawsuit also includes El Guero Auto Parts, which sold the aluminum cast wheels.