GM settles last two ‘bellwether’ cases linked to faulty ignition switch

In an emailed statement released on Monday, bigwig automaker General Motors (GM) has revealed that it has settled two lawsuits related to defective ignition switch has caused 124 deaths and 275 injuries.

The two cases settled by GM were the last of the four so-called ‘bellwether’ cases of faulty ignition switches linked to accidents. The fault in the ignition switches posed a potential safety risk because the switches could slip from the ‘On’ to the ‘Off’ position; thereby halting the engines and cutting power to the steering, brake, and airbag systems. The faulty ignition switches prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles in 2014.

Revealing that the last two ‘bellwether’ cases have been settled by GM, the company’s spokesman Jim Cain said in the emailed statement that both the cases – one of which was scheduled to go to trial on September 12 – have been settled by the automaker for undisclosed amounts.

The case set for a September 12 trial was filed by Virginia’s Stephanie Cockram, who sued GM over injuries she sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on June 28, 2011, when she driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The other case was filed by Kentucky’s Amy Norville, who crashed her Saturn Ion in 2013 while trying to avoid a deer on the road. The trial over claims made by Norville was scheduled for later this year.