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Western Wisconsin man files wrongful death suit against GM over faulty ignition switch

HAMMOND, WI (WTAQ) - A western Wisconsin man is back home, after he took part in a protest this week outside General Motors' headquarters in Detroit.

Ken Rimer of Hammond says GM needs to be held accountable for the death of his step-daughter, 18-year-old Natasha Weigel, in a 2006 traffic crash in St. Croix County that also killed 15-year-old Amy Rademaker.

It was among the crashes involving GM's defective ignition switches. Rimer said it caused air bags not to deploy, which could have saved the two teens.

He has filed a wrongful death suit against GM in Minnesota, where the vehicle in the crash was bought.

Rimer joined a small group of labor activists and others in a protest the day before GM's annual meeting on Tuesday. GM has hired a lawyer to try and arrange settlements with relatives of those killed.

But CNN says the automaker's tally of 13 deaths only counts those in the front seats, from frontal-impact crashes in which airbags did not deploy.

Rimer's step-daughter was in back during her crash. When asked why backseat passengers are not counted, CEO Mary Barra said her company is trying to make sure there's appropriate compensation for everyone directly impacted.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)