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Documents Filed in Park It Now Motion Confirms 12 Fatalities

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

As plaintiffs wait to hear a judge’s decision on an emergency motion for mandatory injunction in the General Motors recall that would compel the automaker to ground recalled vehicles, documents filed in the case confirm 12 of the deaths linked to the defective ignition switches.

Details of the New Document

In the new documents, General Motors acknowledges the following:

  • A defect which “may exist” in some of the recalled vehicles due to the ignition switches “in certain Recall Vehicles” not meeting GM torque specifications. The result is the ignition switch may “under certain conditions” be moved from the “run” position to the “accessory” or “off” position.
  • GM has identified eight frontal-impact crashes involving 2003-2007 Saturn Ions which may have been caused by the ignition switch defect. Four of the crashes resulted in four fatalities.
  • GM had also identified 23 frontal-impact crashes involving 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5s which may have been caused by the ignition switch defect. Six of those crashes resulted in eight fatalities.

The document also confirms that replacement parts will be shipped to dealers this week and repairs will begin soon after. GM estimates the timeframe for repairs to be completed by October 2014.

Judge Needs More Time

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos heard arguments on behalf of the plaintiffs and GM on Friday. Judge Ramos said she needed more time to consider information.

If granted, the “park it now” motion would compel GM to tell owners of recalled vehicles not to drive them until repairs are made. 


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