General Motors’ lawyers tried to work their way around a Texas case involving the well known ignition switch recall but the judge refused to dismiss the case over the use of a wrong key.

The company’s attorneys claimed the other side wrongfully presented evidence by incorrectly claiming a key on a heavy chain belonged to the car that crashed – meanwhile the defendants said the automaker was on its own misrepresenting the error. While the judge did see a merit to the point – clarifying to the jurors the key indeed didn’t belong to the plaintiff’s vehicle, he also didn’t accept the argument.

In 2011, Zachary Stevens was at the wheel of a 2007 Saturn Sky, and an ensuing crash led to the death of another driver. Stevens said the ignition shut off, and he lost control. The main issue revolved around Stevens originally saying there were few items on his key chain, with the one his lawyers showed jurors having instead more items on it. GM acknowledged during the ignition switch debacle that heavy loads on the key chain affected the likelihood of an incident. Stevens’ lawyers also admitted the key didn’t belong to the Sky but claimed the company’s lawyers were looking to present this as “a criminal conspiracy,” according to reports. GM has been spending billions on related charges and issues, including paying numerous fines.

Via Automotive News


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