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Airbags failed but GM to defend suit

SHANGHAI General Motors Corp will appear in court today to defend a lawsuit filed by a family who blame a "severe defect" in a Cadillac for causing the death of their relative in a traffic accident.

The car maker was ordered to pay more than 400,000 yuan (US$63,234) compensation to the family but Shanghai GM appealed.

Han Dazhong was driving his four-month-old Cadillac last year when he crashed into a truck on a highway at high speed in Lianshui County in Jiangsu Province on the night of November 28, 2010.

Han was killed while the three others in the car survived. An investigation showed that none of the car's six airbags deployed. Xu Cuiying, a relative of Han, charged that the failure was a severe safety problem that likely caused Han's death.

The lower court ruled that the Cadillac indeed had quality defects.


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