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More than a quarter-million General Motors cars recalled for faulty ignition switches are staying on the road. On Thursday, a federal judge in Texas denied an emergency motion that would have idled all the affected cars until they are repaired. A Texas attorney who represents several clients who own affected cars had argued the vehicles posed a grave safety threat.
At least 13 people have been killed and at least 31 accidents have be caused by the defective ignition switches, which inadvertently allow the ignition to slip from the “run” to “accessory” position, which can turn off the engine and electrical components, like power steering and airbags. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos had considered the motion for the past two weeks.
“We are pleased that the Court denied the motion for preliminary injunction,” GM spokesperson Greg A. Martin said Thursday.
GM has said the affected cars, which include certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice, are safe to drive until they are repaired – as long as drivers remove all keys from key rings before inserting them into their ignition switches.
At the same time, critics have noted that GM said, in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that the cars may be susceptible to heightened risks in unusual driving situations, such as driving on dirt roads or sudden, jarring movements. Replacement parts started arriving in dealerships last week, and GM expects enough parts to be produced to fix all the cars by October.
The request had been filed in US District Court in Corpus Christi, TX. Bob Hilliard, the lawyer who had filed the request, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. In an earlier statement (which you can read, below), he said, “the defect is severe and lives are being lost. The devastation is heartbreaking and immeasurable. This is a human safety issue that is ongoing. I would not wish it on anyone in this courtroom on either side of the table.”
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