A Lebanon County man is joining in on the nationwide legal firestorm against General Motors after the company recalled 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition switch defect.
Chris Shollenberger, of Myerstown, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company Thurs., March 27, alleging he was injured in an accident while driving one of the company's recently-recalled vehicles.
According to the suit, Shollenberger faced power steering struggles shortly after he purchased a used 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt. Within weeks of the purchase, Shollenberger was "involved in a one-car accident due to the ignition switch defect," according to the suit.
As a result, Shollenberger allegedly faced an arm injury and financial burden. His allegation is among those which link 13 deaths to the defect.
While the suit doesn't seek a specific damage amount, it claims that more than $5 million could be at stake. Shollenberger is seeking to represent anyone in the United States who bought one of the recalled vehicles, which include seven different models, some dating back to 2003.
Recalls were first announced in February. GM has since released numerous apologies.
Attorney Matt Schelkopf, representing Shollenberger with Chimicles & Tikellis LLP in Haverford, said Shollenberger will not be providing comment.