Damon Szatkowski, a 20 year old Dallas man and his mother, Karen, have filed a civil lawsuit against General Motors and the dealership where he purchased his vehicle, which subsequently crashed due to a supposed faulty ignition switch.
When he was 17, in 2011, Szatkowski was driving his 2006 Pontiac Solstice, bought for him by his uncle, Jeffrey Pyros at Rick Weaver Buick and Pontiac in Erie.
Unfortunately that particular make and model had a dangerous defect with the ignition switch which would turn itself off, losing the steering, brake and airbags.
The car suddenly ran into a wall in North Street, Luzerne, and the airbag did not deploy, leaving Szatlowski with severe and permanent brain injuries, as well as physical injuries. According to the law suit, General Motors knew about this problem well before the crash and had sent out an information service bulletin to its dealers in 2005, warning about a stalling problem due to the faulty ignition switch.
More than two years later, in 2014, General Motors began to recall some of its vehicles, including the same Pontiac Solstice because of the defective switch.