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Indiana to get nearly $2.1 million of $120 million settlement in GM ignition switch case

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) holds a GM ignition switch during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, on April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The families want to know why it took GM so long to recall the faulty ignition switch on certain models.. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The state of Indiana will receive a nearly $2.1 million cut of a $120 million settlement involving defective ignition switches from General Motors.

The attorneys general from several states and GM announced the settlement Friday. In 2014, GM launched a series of recalls involving 9 million vehicles that had trouble with the ignition switches, which could slip from the “run” position to “off,” shutting down the engine and electronics inside the car. If a crash were to occur, the airbags could fail to deploy.

The defective switches were blamed for at least 124 deaths and 275 injuries. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia sued the company over the switches, accusing the automaker of violating consumer protection laws. Arizona was the only state that elected not to participate in the suit.

The lawsuit alleged that GM and high-level employees knew about the problem as early as 2004 but waited for years to recall its vehicles. All the while, the automaker marketed its cars as safe and reliable.

According to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, General Motors agreed to several terms. The company shall:

  • Not represent that a motor vehicle is “safe” unless they have complied with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards applicable to the motor vehicle at issue.
  • Not represent that certified pre-owned vehicles that GM advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to rigorous inspection, unless such vehicles are not subject to any open recalls relating to safety or have been repaired pursuant to such a recall.
  • Instruct its dealers that all applicable recall repairs must be completed before any GM motor vehicle sold in the U.S. and included in a recall is eligible for certification and, if there is a recall on any certified pre-owned vehicle sold in the U.S., the required repair must be completed before the vehicle is delivered to a customer.

The settlement brings a conclusion to the multistate investigation into GM’s handling of the ignition switch issue, according to Hill’s office.