Judge schedules hearing on lawsuit that would make GM tell customers to park recalled cars

DETROIT – A Texas federal judge will hold a hearing next week on a lawsuit seeking to force General Motors to tell customers to stop driving some recalled cars.

Lawyer Robert Hilliard says Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi could rule on April 4. On Monday Hilliard asked the court to make GM tell owners to park the cars until they can be fixed.

GM is recalling 1.6 million older Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other models to replace ignition switches. The switches can slip out of the run position and shut off the engine. That cuts off power steering and brakes.

Hilliard contends the cars aren’t safe even if people remove everything from key rings as advised by GM.

GM says the cars are safe if there’s nothing on the rings.