After US federal officials fined General Motors the maximum allowed $35 million for the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches, the Canadian government is investigating the local unit of the automaker.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced that she called her employees to investigate whether the Canadian unit of General Motors also played a part in delaying the ignition switch recall, thus also breaking the law.
“Having seen what has developed in the United States I’ve gone back to my officials to go back to GM Canada and ask them when did they find out. Did they find out at the same time as GM in the U.S. told the world or did they know earlier than that?” said Raitt. “I need to get that information and that answer from GM Canada before we move any further because, as you know, if they had that information and didn’t put the recall in place, then they could be in violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act,” she added.
Raitt added that although the parent company clearly delayed the response, it was important to also know how the local unit was implicated before taking any action under Canadian law. GM Canada called back in February 235,855 cars affected by the defective ignition switch recall.