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Canadian Officials Investigate Crashes Possibly Linked to GM Recall

Tina Robinson3 years ago

It looks as though Canadian officials will be added to the growing list of groups investigating General Motors in the wake of its massive ignition switch recall. On Monday, Transport Canada announced it was investigating two reports of crashes that could possible linked to the faulty switches, according to the International Business Times.

About the GM Ignition Recall

General Motors has been under intense scrutiny after it announced a recall affecting about 2.6 million older compact cars that had potentially deadly ignition switches. The defect, caused by added weight on the GM key or other jostling events, could result in engine stalls, brake failures, steering defects, and airbag non-deployment. GM has acknowledged 13 deaths and 47 crashes linked to the faulty switches.

The massive recall spawned two congressional probes, federal investigations from safety regulations, the U.S. Justice Department and SEC, as well as numerous lawsuits after it was learned that the automaker knew of problems with the switch for over a decade. Now Canadian officials say they have opened their own investigation after complaints of two crashes involving the recalled vehicles.

About the Canadian GM Probe

Transport Canada is looking at two fatal crashes involving recalled vehicles where airbags failed to deploy. The accidents happened in June 2013 and April 2014. Transport Canada has also said it has received nine other complaints of nonfatal crashes associated with the defect.

The announcement of the Canadian investigation comes on the heels of GM informing U.S. safety regulators that it was increasing the total number of crashes linked to the defect. Previously, GM had linked 35 crashes, but now, the company says it is aware of 47. 

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