General Motors Settles 2 Accident Cases Involving Faulty Ignition Switches

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Associated Press (AP) News reported on Sept. 5, 2016, at 2:34 p.m. EDT about a new development that took place with respect to legal proceedings going on against the U.S. automobile manufacturer General Motors Co. (GM). The company has settled two out of the several legal cases filed against it for an undisclosed amount, as reported by plaintiffs’ attorney Bob Hilliard who spoke to AP. All the cases pertain to the quality of ignition switches used in General Motor vehicles. The auto manufacturer has frequently been accused of exercising carelessness in testing the quality of the installed ignition switches, most of which have resulted in fatal injuries, including deaths in the past.

One such case in 2014 that caused at least 124 people to die made the automaker shell out nearly $875 million in death and injury claims, while also forcing it to recall 2.6 million small cars to replace the defective switches.

Three such cases are lined-up to be heard in 2017. GM has already dealt with three cases this year, including the one which was filed in connection with a fatal car crash that occurred in 2011. However, the Texas jury ruled in favor of the auto manufacturer in August for this case.

Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne


AP: General Motors settles 2 bellwether ignition switch cases
CBS News: General Motors settles 2 bellwether ignition switch cases

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