Judge rejects GM's move to nix ignition-switch trial

Judge rejects GM’s move to nix ignition-switch trial

August 31, 2017

Man in vehicle examining ignition switch

Source: USA Today by Chris Woodyard

General Motors is headed to trial Jan. 11 after a judge rejected the automakers' motion Wednesday to dismiss a case against it involving its defective ignition switches, Reuters is reporting.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York ruled that plaintiff Robert Scheuer showed enough evidence to merit putting the case before a jury. Scheuer is suing GM over injuries he received in 2014 when his 2003 Saturn Ion crashed.

"Today's ruling paves the way for the jury to have an unfettered and full view of GM's behavior in covering up this defect," says Scheuer's attorney, Bob Hilliard in a statement. "This gross negligence evidence will now be shown under the bright lights of a court of law and there can be little doubt to the true damning nature of the truth of what GM did."

Scheuer alleges the front air bags of his Ion did not deploy when he crashed. He alleges that failure to deploy was the result of ignition switches in thousands of older GM models that were prone to moving from the "on" to the "accessory" position, cutting off power steering, brakes and air bags.

Defective switches have been blamed for 124 deaths and recalls of 2.6 million vehicles.

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