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Could massive GM vehicle recall get bigger? Single key in ignition isn’t safe, says plaintiff lawyer

Posted Apr 4, 2014 12:25 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Solo practitioner ‘single-handedly set the stage’ for massive GM recall"

ABAJournal.com: "GM hires disaster master Ken Feinberg as auto recall grows; he will look at victim compensation"

Associated Press: "Lawmakers accuse GM of cover-up"

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