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General Motors has agreed to pay $900m (£580m) to end a criminal inquiry into its failure to recall vehicles with faulty ignitions.

The car maker was being investigated for not checking millions of cars, despite staff knowing for more than a decade about the defect.

The fault has been linked to more than 100 confirmed deaths.

It could shut down engines, disable power-assisted steering and brakes and prevent airbags working.

 

 

 

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Could this fault show up over here.

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Nice to know that in America you can just pay a fee to end a criminal inquiry rather than the person who gave the go ahead facing any kind of punishment themselves besides maybe losing their job, but no doubt getting a generous severance package and cushy pension.

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  • 2 months later...

Am I right in saying vauxhall/opel are under GM?

Just saw this and thought about back in 2005 when I had a head-on crash into a guy who forgot what side of the road he was supposed to drive on (From Poland)

The car was 1 year and 1 hour old from new and I remember one of the key things here that the steering was as good as locked and not a single airbag went off. The car was written off within days of the crash despite it's age/price (payout was 8000 for the car) with front end damage and no interior intrusion.

From what I know is that it was a Cat D that was sold on because a while back it was still taxed/insured.

 

I'm just thinking whether this was the cause of the car not being controlled after the initial impact which then veered me into a parked car due to not being able to steer. And as mentioned, no airbags for cushioning either.

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