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.
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.