"Transport Canada has received one complaint in late June of 2013,
which appears to relate to the defect," Karine Martel, spokeswoman
for the ministry, said. "The investigation is ongoing."
The complaint came after a vehicle veered off the road and hit
multiple trees. The driver, who was alone in the car, was not
wearing a seat belt. Quebec provincial police are investigating the
cause of the accident.
Transport Canada has been in communication with GM Canada in order
to understand how the death might be related to the GM ignition
GM has recalled 1.6 million compact cars because it says when the
ignition switch is jostled, a key could turn off the car's engine
and disable airbags, sometimes while the vehicle is traveling at
The company says the ignition switch has been connected to at least
34 crashes and 12 deaths. A study released Thursday linked 303
deaths to the recalled cars.
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Canada has recalled 235,855 vehicles.
"Transport Canada is in communication with GM Canada regarding their
plan going forward to ensure that the identified defect in these
vehicles is going to be remedied as quickly as possible," said
(Reporting by Solarina Ho; writing by
Louise Egan; editing by Leslie Adler)
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