GM set­tles two cases

The Daily Herald - - NATION & WORLD -

DE­TROIT — Gen­eral Mo­tors Co. has set­tled two fed­eral court cases re­lated to its de­fec­tive ig­ni­tion switches, but its le­gal trou­bles stem­ming from the switches are far from over. GM set­tled the cases for an undis­closed amount, plain­tiffs’ at­tor­ney Bob Hil­liard said Mon­day. In both cases, the plain­tiffs said they sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries when the air bags in their ve­hi­cles didn’t de­ploy. GM has ac­knowl­edged that ig­ni­tion switches in older cars could fall out of po­si­tion without warn­ing and shut off the en­gine and air bags. The cases are among sev­eral so­called “bell­wether” tri­als that are test­ing the le­gal bound­aries of hun­dreds of claims against GM. So far this year, one fed­eral bell­wether case was dropped be­fore trial, GM won two, and three have been set­tled.

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