General Motors Settles Over 200 Ignition Switch Lawsuits

June 28, 2017
GM has defended against hundreds of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could cause engines to stall and prevent airbags from deploying in crashes.

June 28, 2017—General Motors (GM) has agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches in its vehicles, a Friday court filing shows, according to Reuters.

GM has defended against hundreds of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could cause engines to stall and prevent airbags from deploying in crashes. The defect has been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, and prompted a recall that began in February 2014. GM has paid about $2.5 billion in penalties and settlements related to the defect.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that blocked GM's effort to scuttle many private lawsuits.

The Detroit-based automaker had argued that its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization excused it from addressing earlier defects. GM's lawyers said they are working with the plaintiffs' lawyers to complete documentation within the next month for the settlement, whose terms "will take some time" to implement.

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