More than a quarter-million General Motors cars recalled for faulty ignition switches are staying on the road. On Thursday, a federal judge in Texas denied an emergency motion that would have idled all the affected cars until they are repaired. A Texas attorney who represents several clients who own affected cars had argued the vehicles posed a grave safety threat.

At least 13 people have been killed and at least 31 accidents have be caused by the defective ignition switches, which inadvertently allow the ignition to slip from the "run" to "accessory" position, which can turn off the engine and electrical components, like power steering and airbags. Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos had considered the motion for the past two weeks.

"We are pleased that the Court denied the motion for preliminary injunction," GM spokesperson Greg A. Martin said Thursday.

GM has said the affected cars, which include certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, Chevy HHR, Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice, are safe to drive until they are repaired – as long as drivers remove all keys from key rings before inserting them into their ignition switches.

At the same time, critics have noted that GM said, in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that the cars may be susceptible to heightened risks in unusual driving situations, such as driving on dirt roads or sudden, jarring movements. Replacement parts started arriving in dealerships last week, and GM expects enough parts to be produced to fix all the cars by October.

The request had been filed in US District Court in Corpus Christi, TX. Bob Hilliard, the lawyer who had filed the request, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. In an earlier statement (which you can read, below), he said, "the defect is severe and lives are being lost. The devastation is heartbreaking and immeasurable. This is a human safety issue that is ongoing. I would not wish it on anyone in this courtroom on either side of the table."
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GM Emergency Motion Delayed According to Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This afternoon, Bob Hilliard, lead lawyer and partner at Texas law firm Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP, appeared before Federal Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to argue for an emergency motion requiring General Motors to issue an immediate "Park It Now" alert to owners of GM vehicles with defective ignition switches.

BACK IN COURT ON APRIL 9

Judge Ramos heard both sides of the argument and gave GM's legal team until April 9th to file their sur-reply to Hilliard's motion. She did not indicate when she will issue her ruling.

SAVE LIVES: PARK THE CARS

Bob Hilliard said during the Federal Court hearing: "This affects over 2 million vehicles, the defect is severe and lives are being lost. The devastation is heartbreaking and immeasurable. This is a human safety issue that is ongoing. I would not wish it on anyone in this courtroom on either side of the table. Keep tomorrow's victim alive by making sure these cars are parked."

ABOUT HMG

Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP (HMG) specializes in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death. The firm has won approximately $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for its clients. Hilliard Munoz Gonzales LLP has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1986.

HMG is actively seeking to represent other victims of GM's defective vehicles.


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      Andrew
      • 8 Months Ago
      the ony reason this even came up in texASS is cause there are nothing but stupid republiCANTS there there is nothing wrong with GM cars they wont kill you they are built safe and reliable period this is just more autoblog anti gm hate
        Arizonarelax
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        UH? If you want your ignition switch, you can keep your ignition switch! {PERIOD} Oh I get it, but really, "WHAT DOES IT MATTER?" Take a trip to Texas, your comments aside, enjoyable part of America. I didn't see Democrats or Republicans, I saw Americans of all races and colors following the US Constitution. Not to mention, hard working folks from Mexico with a valid Visas wanting to become Naturalized Citizen's. You know, non-US citizens willing to study and fulfill the commitments. Doors are open just earn it kind-of-thing.
        ShutoSteve
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        You're incredibly retarded. I don't need to state a reason as to why this is blatantly obvious... Your comment alone does all the talking for me. Yeesh.
        Car Guy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Take your political tripe somewhere else ass clown.
      amge5.5
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM you are taking a monumental risk here, especially Barra who said she would put her own kids in these cars if they removed the stuff from their key chain. If something happens to someone in a Cobalt because of this ignition between now and October you are going to compound this problem 10 fold. Not smart GM, not smart.
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      At last some reason. Morons who hang multiple keys and gewgaws from ignition keys…sheesh.
        Arizonarelax
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Really? "remove all keys...." and don't drive in the rain and don't go over speed bumps and only make right hand turns and use only GM oil and ....and....and... Uh uh some reason. Ok that being said, read this sentence, "as long as drivers remove all keys from key rings before inserting them into their ignition switches." Hey Pete Bigelow, I get GM is going through a very bad time. But give them a break. What individual at GM said this? Or did you really just write this on your own? "Well, I tried putting my 10 keys in the ignition switch after I removed them from my key ring. But I couldn't get all of them in the slot. I even tried a hammer!"
          Jim
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Gm said to remove all the keys except for the key. Even remove the keyless entry fobs too.
      jonnybimmer
      • 8 Months Ago
      "are safe to drive until they are repaired – as long as drivers remove all keys from key rings before inserting them into their ignition switches." This is like telling a customer a software/app can work so long as you close everything else on your computer/device so it's the only program running. It's doable, but you'd be a fool to think that's an acceptable solution. Hopefully GM doesn't drag their knuckles with the repairs and all affected owners are have the repairs done to their car ASAP.
      Eggmania
      • 8 Months Ago
      this is a death sentence in the court of public opinion.
      tiger
      • 8 Months Ago
      "A Texas attorney who represents several clients who own affected cars had argued the vehicles posed a grave safety threat." I would argue that any 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 18-, 22-wheeled vehicle poses a grave safety threat. Its a rolling multi-ton vehicle. By this brilliant blood thirsty Texas attorney's argument, everything doning our public road system poses a grave safety threat. Therefore, lets sue every company that has ever built a rolling machine. Hell, lets sue the company that invented the automobile! (Mercedes?)
        Linda
        • 8 Months Ago
        @tiger
        It is clear by your response that you have never been affected by a poorly engineered vehicle built by GM. It is also clear no one you have ever loved has been KILLED in such a vehicle. I am a "blood thirsty" consumer that is sick of car companies like GM not being held responsible for knowingly deceiving the public to trust their vehicles when they know they are not safe. Hell if you owned something that you found out is a death trap would you not be blood thirsty to have something done about it?
      Nick
      • 8 Months Ago
      **** GM forever.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Death is always sad, but there is a difference between a car spontaneously killing it's passengers, and a car spontaneously stopping. Regardless, GM messed up big time. I don't know what they are going to do but so far I am unimpressed with the current leadership.
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