Trapped in car for days after wreck caused by recalled parts

A woman's car ran off the side of a Colorado mountain when her Chevy Malibu's "crash avoidance" safety features allegedly failed.

The single mother of four was upside down for six days with no food and water and suffered serious injuries including hypothermia and amputation of both legs below the knee. She was rescued after she scrawled a help message on an umbrella she stuck out of the window of her car. Motorists eventually saw the wreckage and her message.

Kristin Hopkins, 45, was fitted for prosthetic limbs and while in physical therapy received a letter from General Motors stating her car's safety vehicles were on a recall and she should take her car in to a dealership to be repaired.

Hopkins has filed suit against General Motors for negligence.


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