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The plaintiffs accuse GM of endangering them by delaying the recall of defective vehicles in which jostled keys could trigger a shut-off and disable steering, brakes and airbags. (AP photo)

(Bloomberg) – A federal judge dismissed a swathe of customer claims in the nationwide litigation over General Motors Co.’s deadly ignition switch defect that triggered the recall of millions of vehicles two years ago.

Friday’s ruling by a Manhattan federal judge comes two days after an appeals court dealt GM a blow by reviving hundreds of related cases that had been blocked by the carmaker’s 2009 trip through bankruptcy court. GM’s shifting fortunes in the case come as the Detroit-based company prepares for a third test trial over the flaw, set to start in September. GM won the first two.

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