The No. 1 US automaker announced it strives to obtain a New York location for all suits involving the recall of the 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches.
General Motors recently raised the known tally for crashes involving cars in the recall to 47, up from 35, while maintaining it has knowledge of only 13 related deaths. On the other hand, the NHTSA contended the fatalities total could be greater, while attorneys of the owners that called General Motors to court sustain that idea, with one of them saying it has knowledge of 60 deaths – although no proof was offered.
The attorneys for the plaintiffs want to combine the different cases in n California or a location other than New York, while Andrew Bloomer, a lawyer for GM, specifically asked the seven-member US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to send the various cases there.
The panel’s resolution on the issue could come as soon as next week, with GM seeking New York as a close set-up to the bankruptcy judge who presided over the company’s bankruptcy process in 2009 and now has to decide whether to allow the “new” GM be called in court for the problems occurring before 2009. The decision could be a first case in determining whether the company is liable for billions of dollars in damages to the owners of the recalled cars.