Delphi Automotive, the supplier which built the General Motors-designed faulty ignition switches responsible for numerous deaths and injuries, has agreed to hand over documents to lawyers suing the Detroit-based automaker, Automotive News reports. Delphi has also agreed to allow the lawyers to speak to its employees, in exchange for being dropped as a defendant in the case.
The lawyers, Jere Beasey and Lance Cooper, are representing the family of Brooke Melton, a nurse who died in a 2010 accident in her Chevrolet Cobalt after it lost power and was t-boned in an intersection. They confirmed to AN they had met with Delphi and sorted out a deal in exchange for information that may prove helpful in the case.
“We will have total and complete access to (GM’s) employees who were involved,” said Beasley. “They showed us enough documents that day that were extremely helpful to us and extremely damaging to General Motors and their credibility.”
Some of the more important documents Delphi handed over included emails from December 2013, just a two months before the recall came to light, where GM urgently ordered half a million replacement switches. GM released statement earlier in the week saying the emails “are further confirmation that our system needed reform, and we have done so.” A GM spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.
Cooper and Beasley’s respective law firms said they hope to begin deposing GM employees by the end of December or in early 2015 as part of the Melton case. Some employees being questioned were among those 15 employees fired by the company in June for their roles in the delayed ignition switch recall.