A ruling on the requested "stop drive order" is
expected in the coming days.
Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars equipped with
the switch. So far this year, GM has recalled a total of nearly
7 million vehicles, or about the same number recalled in the
previous four years combined.
Without warning, the switches can make vehicle engines stall
while operating, stop air bags from deploying, and impede power
steering and power brakes from operating.
This week, the automaker's Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra
was grilled by two congressional committees and the company
showed signs it would create a compensation fund for victims
similar to a fund created by BP Plc for those affected by a 2010
GM has said it would take a charge of $750 million in the first
quarter, mostly for the recalls announced in that period,
including ones linked to the defective ignition switch.
In Friday's hearing, the judge was asked by attorneys for GM
vehicle owners or their survivors to order all models under
recall off the road until they can be fixed.
GM had told the judge through documents filed before the hearing
that it was safe to operate the vehicles as long as nothing was
attached to the key while it was in the ignition.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Terry Wade and Lisa
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