Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

GM Wins Ruling That Could Narrow Ignition Switch Litigation (Print Version)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

GM Wins Ruling That Could Narrow Ignition Switch Litigation (Print Version)

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NEW YORK * General Motors Co. on Thursday won a court ruling that could reduce the private litigation it faces over flawed vehicle ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths and triggered a big recall.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said the plaintiffs in two bellwether cases, involving accidents where airbags had deployed, could not introduce expert testimony to show how defective ignition switches might have played a role in the crashes.

The plaintiffs alleged that their GM ignition switches might have rotated from "run" at the moment of impact to "accessory" or "off," causing the accidents or making them worse, and then back to "run" before the airbags deployed.

But Furman, who oversees multidistrict litigation over the ignition switches, including 213 cases where airbags deployed, called the testimony "unreliable" because there was no evidence that "double switch rotation" has occurred anywhere. …

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