The third trial over General Motor’s faulty ignition switches did not end up in court, as the automaker entered into a settlement with the plaintiff.
General Motors entered into a confidential settlement with Nadia Yingling, whose lawsuit over her husband’s 2013 death following a car crash was set to go to trial on May 2. This would have been the third trial over the automaker’s faulty switch, a defect that triggered the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014 and was linked to nearly 400 serious injuries and deaths.
At the end of March, a second trial ended in the company’s favor, after jurors gave no compensation to the plaintiffs for a 2014 car accident, but said that GM failed to warn the public about the safety risks involved by the switches. The first trial ended abruptly in January following allegations that the complainant gave misleading testimony.
However, isthird case could have been a lot more complicate, as it involved a death rather than alleged injuries. The victim died in a November 2013 accident involving his 2006 Saturn Ion, a car crash that supposedly was a result of a defective ignition system.
The following day after the settlement announcement, that plaintiffs’ lawyers dismissed what was scheduled to be the fourth from the series of six test trials over the defect. GM has already paid roughly 2 billion dollars in legal settlements and penalties in connection with the switch, and has previously admitted that some of its employees knew about the part’s problems for years before the recall.