GM settles ignition-switch case before third trial

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:54 PM

In a letter filed in federal Ct in Manhattan, GM'south lawyers said the automaker had entered into a confidential settlement with Nadia Yingling, whose lawsuit over her husband's two thousand thirteen death following a car crash was set to go to trial May two.

Common Motors Co on Thursday said it'd agreed to settle a lawsuit that'd have been the third case to go to trial over a faulty ignition switch linked to nearly four hundred injuries and deaths.

In a letter filed in federal Ct in Manhattan, GM'south lawyers said the automaker had entered into a confidential settlement with Nadia Yingling, whose lawsuit over her husband's two thousand thirteen death following a car crash was set to go to trial May 2.

It was unclear why GM decided to settle the case. GM confirmed the deal but offered number further comment. A lawyer for Yingling didn't reply to a request for comment.

The deal came a week after GM scored a win in the first case to reach a decision in a series of six test trials scheduled over the ignition switch.

The switch can slip out of place, causing engines to stall and cutting power to the brake, steering and air bag systems.

Although GM succeeded in latest week'south trial in convincing jurors that the ignition switch in question wasn't responsible for the accident in the case, the jury did conclude the switch was defective.

A prior trial ended without a decision in Jan following allegations that the plaintiff gave misleading testimony.

GM has admitted that some of its employees knew about the problems for years, and it's already paid roughly $2 billion in settlement and penalties. It continues to face two hundred thirty-five injury and death lawsuits consolidated before a federal judge in Manhattan.

Unlike the prior two trials, the Yingling case involved a death rather than alleged injuries. It was one of three cases picked by lawyers representing plaintiffs to be a subject of one of the test trials.

The lawsuit centered on the death of James Yingling, a married father of five, following a car crash in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, on Nov. twenty-one, two thousand thirteen. The suit claimed the accident was the result of a faulty ignition system in his two thousand six Saturn Ion.

Lawyers for Nadia Yingling, of Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, which is about one hundred fifteen miles southeast of Pittsburgh, claimed that the defect caused the engine to close down without warning, instantly disabling the car'south brakes and power steering system and causing her husband to lose control of the car.

The car then collided with a ditch bank and concrete culvert, according to Ct papers. Yingling died from traumatic brain injury on Dec. eight, two thousand thirteen, the lawsuit said.

The case is In re Common Motors Ignition Switch Litigation, U. S. District Ct for the Southern District of New York, No. 14-2543.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Leslie Adler)

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