GM Could Have Fixed Ignition Defect For $2K, Jury Hears

By Cara Salvatore (March 21, 2016, 9:33 PM EDT) -- General Motors was given the option in 2002 to fix its weak ignition switch for just $2,000 but didn't, according to an engineer deposition played Monday in a critical second bellwether trial, further harshening the glare of hindsight for the beleaguered carmaker.

A small outlay would have yielded a stronger ignition switch than the one that ended up costing lives, jobs and a corporate reputation, according to evidence shown during the deposition of Erik Mattson, who was an engineer at Delphi Mechatronics working closely with GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio in 2002 when the weak switch was approved.

The evidence came in a...

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