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US fines GM $7,000 a day for failing to respond in ignition switch recall

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US fines GM $7,000 a day for failing to respond in ignition switch recall

General Motors will be fined $7,000 a day for failing to respond to questions about defective ignition switches in a timely manner.

In a letter to the company, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said GM didn’t meet the April 3 deadline to fully respond to a special order about its handling of the faulty ignition switch problem. As a result, the automaker would be fined $7,000 per day starting from the April 3 deadline until it fully responded.

General Motors recalled more than 1.6 million vehicles in mid-February due to a defect with ignition switches that caused cars to turn off without warning. The company said at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes have been linked to the problem.

General Motors issued a response, saying it ‘fully cooperated’ with the agency and provided more than 21,000 documents related to the recall. The company said it will continue to provide responses as they become available.

Photo: A row of General Motors vehicles at a Chevrolet dealership on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan April 1, 2014. (Rebecca Cook / Reuters)

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