Despite a recent settlement, litigation against General Motors (GM) continues for accidents re-lated to the company’s faulty ignition switches. According to an article by the New York Times, the settlement involved the parents of a 29-year-old Georgia woman who was killed in an accident while driving a GM car equipped with one of the faulty switches. Terms of the settlement were not made public, but it is believed that the settlement is in excess of $5 million.
Even with the settlement, GM is still being sued for the faulty switches in what has been dubbed “multi-district litigation.” The multi-district litigation includes several cases against the car maker that have been consolidated into one case. It is estimated that nearly 70 people have died in cars equipped with the faulty switch, while another 115 or so have been seriously injured.
While the case involving the Georgia woman is now settled, information obtained during the discovery phase of the case will most certainly be used by plaintiffs in the multi-district litigation. Based on documents reviewed by lawyers in the settled case, it is argued that GM was aware of problems with the ignition switches for about 10 years. The litigation also revealed what the plaintiffs’ claim to be unexpectedly loose safety standards within the company.