Posted Apr 04, 2014 05:25 pm CDT
As the CEO of General Motors appeared before federal lawmakers in the nation’s capital this week amidst a massive recall of vehicles over an ignition-switch issue blamed for a number of fatal accidents, the situation continued to escalate.
On Wednesday, testifying before a Senate committee, Mary Barra reiterated earlier advice from the automakers that having a bunch of keys hanging from the ignition could cause an unexpected engine shutoff. “If I had any data, any incidences where with just the key or the key in the ring there was any risk, I would ground these vehicles across the country,” she stated at one point.
But now a Texas lawyer has provided an affidavit (PDF) from a driver saying she had such a problem using a single key in the ignition of her recalled 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bob Hilliard, who is representing plaintiffs in a case against GM, is seeking a federal court order requiring drivers to park their recalled GM cars until the ignition switch is fixed. A hearing on his motion is scheduled Friday in Corpus Christi.
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