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GM trial update

GM Expert Witness Testifies that Faulty Ignition Switches Pose No Danger

July 18, 2017
On the last full day of testimony in the bellwether trial concerning General Motors’ allegedly defective ignition switches, an engineering expert testified on behalf of the auto maker that failed ignition switches do not necessarily pose any hazards to drivers.

Michael Stevenson of Engineering Systems, Inc., said that, though the ignition switches that he tested did indeed fail certain pressure tests, that failure is designed in such a way as to stave off the putative hazards that are the focus of the trial.

Dennis Ward of Arizona brought the suit against GM on the basis of an accident in his Chevrolet HHR in 2009. Ward believes the accident was caused by a faulty ignition switch, and other drivers of GM cars joined the suit.

The bellwether trial – which stands to set legal precedent in related cases – is currently ongoing in New York.

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