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Canadian lawsuits filed over defective GM ignition switches

Action involves 235,000 vehicles sold in Canada and made between 2003 and 2007.


TORONTO — A Canadian class-action law firm is going after General Motors for the automaker’s handling of defective ignition switches in 1.6 million small cars worldwide, including about 235,000 cars sold in this country.

The firm seeks to represent and compensate people across Canada for defects in various models of small cars with the defective switch, used between about 2003 and 2007.

Merchant Law Group LLP says it filed claims against the Detroit-based automaker on March 19 in Ontario and Quebec courts.

GM announced in February that ignition switches in older models of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5s, Saturn Ion, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky need to be repaired.

Those are the vehicles that form the basis of the Canadian suit against General Motors.

On March 17, GM issued a new recall of 1.5 million larger vehicles, including 70,437 in Canada, because their side air bags, front centre air bags and seat belts may not work properly if drivers ignore a warning light on their dashboard.

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