Woman says she lost cousin due to GM's negligence

JACKSONVIILE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman who lost a loved one she says because of General Motor's negligence, is seeking justice.

Karlie Yarbrough started a petition on the website Change.org. She's urging Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute the GM employees who allegedly kept quiet about ignition problems in GM vehicles for years. So far more than 109,000 people have signed the petition. She says the support helps their family cope and now action needs to be taken.

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"People use to always say growing up that she was a little Karlie," said Yarbrough while looking at her cousin Sarah Trautwein's photo. There's a keen resemblance between the two. Yarbrough lost Sarah in June of 2009. She died in a car accident while headed to her home in South Carolina.

"The way she ended up veering off of the road shows she had to do a major turn to try to get her car to go," said Yarbrough. "Which shows the power steering went out."

The 19-year-old drove a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, one of the vehicles now a list of General Motors Ignition recalls. The highway patrol incident report shows she lost control of her car and slammed into a tree at 70 miles an hour.

GM's ignition switch recall has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Lawyers suing the company claim at least 53 people were killed due to the faulty switches. GM was slapped with the largest maximum fine allowed of $35 million -- an announcement made Friday.

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"We understand that this is the most that they are allowed to fine but we want the Department of Justice to follow through and have criminal charges against anyone who was involved," said Yarbrough.

GM has agreed to government oversight on safety issues. It's now supposed to report safety issues much more quickly than in the past.

For a list of recalled GM models CLICK HERE

Here is a link to Yarbrough's petition.


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