General Motors told a Texas state court on Nov. 24 that a 2004 Saturn Ion involved in a deadly crash should have been included in the massive ignition switch recall. This allowed a judge to overturn the conviction of a woman who had been accused of killing her fiancé by driving under the influence. The woman’s fiancé had been sitting in the passenger’s seat of the vehicle when she veered off the road and crashed into a tree. The vehicle’s air bags failed to deploy in the crash, which killed the passenger and left the driver seriously injured. It appears this is the first acknowledgement by GM of any specific individual who was killed due to the ignition switch defect. Unfortunately, there are many other innocent victims who were blamed for causing a highway crash. Now we know that GM was the real culprit. We also know that the automaker covered up their fault, causing untold misery and hurt to hundreds of people.
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