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Canada Investigates Possible GM Recall Death

Tina Robinson3 years ago

Safety officials in Canada are investigating a recent death that may be linked to the General Motors ignition switch recall.

About the General Motors Investigation

USA Today reports Transport Canada has launched an investigation to determine if a fatal crash that occurred in June 2013 can be linked to the 1.6 million-vehicle recall initiated by GM last month.

According to the report, the crash involved a 2007 Chevrolet Cavalier which is said to have left the road before colliding with a tree. The driver was fatally injured.

Transport Canada has obtained the “black box” data recorder from the vehicle from GM Canada and is examining data for any possible link to the ignition switch recall.

Multiple Deaths Already Linked to Recalled GM Vehicles

Last month GM recalled 1.6 million vehicles known to have faulty ignition switches. The ignition switches have the potential to move out of the “on” position, resulting in the loss of engine power and the loss of multiple safety features including power steering, anti-lock brakes and airbags.

General Motors has acknowledged that 31 frontal collisions and 13 deaths have been positively linked to the defect, but the Center for Auto Safety warns that the number could be much higher.

In a recent analysis of federal crash data, the watchdog group found that 303 deaths were linked to airbag failures in two of the recalled GM models.

If linked to the GM recall, the Canadian accident would be the most recently known fatality involving the faulty ignition switches.

Recalled Vehicles Distributed Globally
  • According to the USA Today report, the recalled vehicles were distributed globally, including:
    • 1.37 million in the United States
    • 235,855 in Canada
    • 15,073 in Mexico
    • 2,591 exported for distribution overseas
  • Among the models currently recalled in the U.S. and Canada are:
    • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
    • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
    • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
    • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit
    • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
    • 2007 Saturn Sky

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