General Motors Company filed in U.S. Bankruptcy court on Monday evening seeking for protection against legal claims involving actions prior its 2009 bankruptcy.
GM is seeking protection from a wave of lawsuits surrounding ignition switch problems in vehicles that it sold but failed to recall.
At least 13 deaths have been linked to the defective ignition switches and there is evidence that the company knew of the problems up to 10 years before it finally issued a recall.
The Associated Press reports that the suit was filed in the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York and a hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet.
GM recalled 2.6 million cars with fault ignition switches that could shut off a car’s power during operations.
A second recall involving 1.3 million cars was issued in late March. That recall concerned power steering problems that primarily impacted Saturn Ions from model years 2004-2007. Evidence indicates that the company knew of that issue starting in 2004 and over 30,000 warranty claims were made regarding the problem.
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