GM Asks Judge To Throw Out This Lawsuit

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General Motors had one of the biggest recalls in the history of the car industry back in 2014 that subsequently led to several lawsuits. The carmaker recalled 2.6 million vehicles in 2014 for defective ignition switches.

On Monday, General Motors asked a Texas judge to throw out one lawsuit from a fatal 2011 crash that was blamed on the company’s faulty ignition switch. The company has accused the plaintiffs and their lawyers for fabricating evidence about the vehicle’s key during the ongoing trial.

According to a court filing from GM, a key that plaintiffs Zachary Stevens and his parents and their lawyers showed jurors in Harris County court, was the one used to drive the 2007 Saturn Sky involved in the crash. The key was one of many on a chain.

However, according to GM, the key displayed in the courtroom did not belong to that vehicle and GM had warned in the past that added weight to key chains can cause the switches to slip out of position.

Stevens said ignition-switch rotation caused him to lose control of the Sky which resulted in him hitting another vehicle and killing that driver.

Stevens’ 2015 lawsuit is the first to go to trial among roughly 20 pending in Texas state court.

According to the motion, the key chain shown to jurors comprised three rings holding additional items like a souvenir Eiffel Tower and gym membership card.

GM said plaintiffs “fabricated ‘evidence’” to support their theory that key rotation, not Stevens’ driving, caused the crash.

GM wrote, the alleged misstatements “have hamstrung the search for the truth.”

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