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GM Seeks to Extend Win Streak in Texas Ignition-Switch Trial

  • Driver says he crashed because of GM’s defective car part
  • Automaker blames Texas teenager for driving recklessly
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General Motors Co. has put two civil trials over its defective ignitions behind it without a loss. A third trial started Tuesday in what could be one of its toughest cases: a Texas teenager arrested for manslaughter in a death later linked to the faulty switch seeks compensation.

“This crash was not caused by a reckless 19-year-old but by a defect GM admits existed,” plaintiff Zachary Stevens’s attorney, Katie Ray, told the jury. “The evidence will show not that Zach was reckless but that GM was.”