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Shane McGee Foundation

After a six month long trial, a jury found General Motors (GM) guilty of negligently designing the fuel tank in a family station wagon that exploded after a low-speed crash. Six people burned, and two died, including a young boy named Shane McGee.

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Bob Kelley and John Uustal of Kelley/Uustal represented the McGee family, who sued GM for their horrible burn injuries and for the death of Shane. Attorneys Kelley and Uustal found documents outside of the discovery process (now known as the “Ivey Documents”) that suggested how much it would be worth for GM to eliminate deaths from fuel-fed fires in GM vehicles. The study concluded that fuel-fed fires cost GM $2.20 per vehicle, and that it would only be worth $2.40 per new model vehicle to prevent all fuel-fed fires.

After a 6-month trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the McGee family for $60 million. General Motors exhausted their appeals and paid over ninety million dollars to the McGee family.

When the 11-year process was finally over the McGees, both school teachers, formed the Shane McGee Foundation to honor their son, Shane, who died in a preventable automobile fuel-fed fire. This tragedy and subsequent wrongful death and catastrophic injury trial was chronicled in the media, including the television news show, 60 Minutes. While the accident was tragic and needless, it did ultimately result in visibility into this issue, as well as improving automotive design to prevent these types of fires. The Shane McGee Foundation was formed in the belief that losing one person to unsafe products is too high of a price to pay.

We invite you to learn more about the Shane McGee Foundation and read the full McGee story by visiting their website.

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