General Motors’ lawyers failed in their attempt to get a dismissal in the automaker’s ignition switch lawsuit in Texas. The company’s attorneys argued the other side had falsified evidence by incorrectly claiming a key on a heavy chain belonged to the car that crashed. The judge didn’t accept the argument, though, Automotive News reported.
The judge did see at least a little merit to the point by the automaker’s lawyers. He clarified to jurors that the key didn’t belong to the plaintiff’s vehicle.
In 2011, Zachary Stevens was driving a 2007 Saturn Sky, and he was involved in a crash that killed another driver. Stevens argued the accident happened because the ignition shut off, and he lost control. According to Automotive News, Stevens originally said there were a few items on his key chain, but the one his lawyers showed jurors had many items on it. GM admitted during the ignition switch recall that heavy loads pulling on it could make failure more likely.
Stevens’ lawyers also admitted the key didn’t belong to the Sky. However, they balked at GM’s allegation of falsifying evidence and claimed the company’s lawyers were trying to turn the issue "into a criminal conspiracy," according to Automotive News.
General Motors has spent billions dealing with its ignition switch problems, including paying multiple fines. The problem still isn’t behind the company, though, because of dealing with cases like this in court.
Source: Automotive News