Deal reached in 3rd GM case over ignition switch claims

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Posted: Apr 07, 2016 6:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers in New York say a settlement has been reached in a claim over a faulty General Motors ignition switch involved in a deadly accident.

They say the deal negates the need for the third of six trials this year meant to help resolve hundreds of legal actions against the Detroit-based automaker.

Attorneys for General Motors Co. and the widow of a man who died in the 2013 crash notified a Manhattan federal judge of the settlement Thursday. Terms haven't been disclosed.

The faulty switches could slip from the on position, knocking out power steering and turning off air bags.

GM recently successfully defended itself against claims a faulty switch caused a 2014 accident in New Orleans.

GM has issued recalls affecting 30 million vehicles since early 2014. It says it has fixed the problem with the switches.