New trial begins over GM ignition switch issue


NEW YORK (AP) – Weeks after the first trial over General Motors’ faulty ignition switch controversy ended prematurely, a new one has begun in New York City.

Randall Jackson represents a woman and man injured in a 2014 New Orleans accident on an icy bridge. He urged jurors to hold GM accountable. GM lawyer Mike Brock says the company isn’t to blame.

The Manhattan federal court trial is aimed at defining legal boundaries to speed settlement of hundreds of remaining lawsuits against GM. The suits were filed when the company continued to sell flawed cars for years after identifying the ignition switch defect.

Since early 2014, it has issued recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles.

The switches can slip from the on position, causing cars to stall. GM says it has fixed the problem.

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