Lawsuit against GM over Chevy Trailblazer seatbelt defects in New Jersey crash

by Charles Miller

A New Jersey woman has filed a product liability lawsuit against General Motors over injuries that she suffered in a crash involving a vehicle manufactured by the company. Bridget Holmes-Mergucz alleges that she was injured in a rollover accident involving her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer as a result of defectively manufactured seatbelts in the vehicle.

The accident in question occurred in May 2016 while Holmes-Mergucz was driving her Chevy Trailblazer in Warren Township, New Jersey. Holmes-Mergucz swerved to avoid another vehicle that had made an unsafe lane change, causing her SUV to rollover. She was ejected from the vehicle, causing a fractured femur, concussion, and injuries to her face.

Holmes-Mergucz alleges that she was ejected from her Chevy Trailblazer during the crash as a result of structural defects with the vehicle. She alleges that the vehicle was not sufficiently crashworthy due to manufacturing and design defects with the vehicle’s restraint system, seat, and structural design.

According to the lawsuit, General Motors failed to warn drivers of the unsafe conditions they could face as a result of design defects in the Chevy Trailblazer. Because the vehicle was not sufficiently crashworthy to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a crash, Holmes-Mergucz alleges that her vehicle and others like it should never have been sold without addressing the design defects in the SUV.

The New Jersey auto dealership where Holmes-Mergucz purchased her vehicle, Jersey City Chevrolet LLC, is also named as a defendant in the case. According to the lawsuit, the dealership was negligent for failing to warn Holmes-Mergucz of the design defects in her Chevy Trailblazer when it sold her the vehicle. The lawsuit also names several unknown defendants who manufactured defective vehicle parts that were used in the SUV’s restraint system.

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