DETROIT - A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors (GM) to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos issued her order Thursday in Corpus Christi. Attorney Robert Hilliard, who represents some owners, had argued that the GM cars could at any moment lose power and expose their occupants to serious injury or death.
GM had urged the court not to intervene and instead let a recall overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proceed. The carmaker said extensive testing had shown that if the recall instructions were followed, there was no risk that the ignition switch would fail.
GM has linked the switch to 13 deaths.