The second trial over General Motors’ faulty ignition switches ended once again in the automaker’s favor, after jurors gave no compensation to the plaintiffs.
The second trial over a car accident allegedly caused by GM’s faulty switch, a defect that triggered the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014 and has been linked to nearly 400 serious injuries and deaths, ended this week with no damages awarded to the plaintiffs. Jurors said that the automaker did not warned the public about the safety risks involved by the switches, but the defect was not to blame for a 2014 car accident. Two plaintiffs claimed they have suffered back pain and other injuries when a faulty switch in their 2007 Saturn Sky slipped out of position and caused it to crash, while on the other side GM argued the accident was minor and the result of slippery roads.
“The jurors studied the merits of the case and saw the truth: this was a very minor accident that had absolutely nothing to do with the car’s ignition switch,” GM said in a statement. “The evidence was overwhelming that this accident — like more than 30 others that occurred in the same area that night — was caused by the driver losing control on an icy bridge during a statewide winter weather emergency.”
This is the second win for the automaker, after the first trial ended abruptly in January following allegations that the complainant gave misleading testimony, and it could affect claims worth potentially billions of dollars over the defective switch.