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Friedman v. General Motors Corp.

Supreme Court of Ohio
331 N.E.2d 702 (Ohio 1975)


Morton Friedman (plaintiff) turned his key in the ignition of his General Motors (GMC) (defendant) car while the car was in “drive.” Friedman did not expect the car to start since it was in drive, but it did, and it “leaped forward,” causing injury to him and his family. Friedman established at trial that the car could not have started unless the contacts in the neutral start switch were in “neutral or park.” Friedman brought suit against GMC, claiming that the car was defective in that the gearshift contacts were linked with the wrong functions. The trial court granted a directed verdict to GMC. The appellate court reversed and GMC appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)

Dissent (Stern, J.)

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