NYC Trial Set To Start In GM Ignition Switch Recall Issues

It's the first of six trials scheduled over the next year to narrow legal issues in lawsuits affecting more than 1,000 people.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A civil trial is set to start in New York that will test the boundaries of hundreds of claims remaining against General Motors over faulty ignition switches.

A section of a car sits in a Manhattan federal courtroom where jury selection begins Monday in a case involving an Oklahoma crash that injured the driver.

It's the first of six trials scheduled over the next year to narrow legal issues in lawsuits affecting more than 1,000 people.

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, displays a GM ignition switch similar to those linked to 13 deaths and dozens of crashes of General Motors small cars like the Chevy Cobalt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The trials will begin with the claims of Robert Scheuer, of Tulsa. His lawyer says a defective ignition switch prevented air bags from deploying when his car smashed into trees.

General Motors spokesman Jim Cain says the air bags weren't designed to deploy the way the car struck the ground before landing among trees.

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