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GM Wins Second Trial Over Crashes Blamed on Ignition Flaw

  • Two Louisiana residents said switch defect caused 2014 crash
  • GM victory improves company position in settling other suits
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General Motors Co. won its second straight trial against drivers who blamed car wrecks on faulty ignition switches, boosting the company’s outlook for resolving hundreds of similar cases on more favorable terms.

The crash of Dionne Spain’s 2007 Saturn Sky on a slippery New Orleans bridge in 2014 was caused by a rare Louisiana ice storm rather than a defect found in millions of GM vehicles, a Manhattan federal jury found on Wednesday.