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GM to pay $120M in ignition switch case

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 19, 2017

General Motors today reached a $120 million settlement with the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia to resolve claims that the automaker concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in several of its vehicle models and model years.

In 2014, GM issued seven vehicle recalls concerning unintended key-rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues, affecting over nine million vehicles in the United States. The recalls involved a defective ignition switch which, under certain conditions, could move out of the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” position and cause the driver to experience a loss of electrical systems, including power steering and power brakes. If a collision occurs while the ignition switch is in the “accessory” or “off” position, the vehicle’s safety airbags may...

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