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Nevada Attorney General announces General Motors settlement

Nevada Attorney General announces General Motors settlement”

Virginia will receive almost $2.4 million in a settlement with General Motors Co. over defective ignition switches.

The states said GM knew as early as 2004 that the ignition switch posed a safety defect because it could cause airbag non-deployment, but company officials decided it was not a safety concern and delayed making recalls.

The settlement, reached by the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer's failure to timely disclose known safety defects.

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Under the settlement, GM is required to improve the recall process, ensure safe vehicles and protect whistleblowers and empower employees to report safety issues, Shapiro said. "I'm pleased that this matter has come to a close, that families will be protected from this defect, and that GM will have more appropriate guarantees regarding recalls and repairs of their vehicles". The recalls involved a defective ignition switch which, under certain conditions, could move out of the "Run" position to the "Accessory" or "Off" position.

The recalls prompted an industry wide jump in recalls in 2014 to an all-time record and cast a spotlight on GM's safety record as Barra testified before the Congress.

The states alleged that the automaker's actions were unfair and deceptive in violation of state consumer protection laws, including Maine's Unfair Trade Practices Act. The issues could also result in the safety airbags failing to deploy, increasing the risk of serious injury or death. The defect, which caused ignition switches in several GM models to abruptly.

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Of its share, $350,000 would go into the AG's Consumer Protection Fund, and the rest into the state's "rainy day, " or General Fund. Jepsen said his office represented CT by serving on the multistate investigation's nine-state executive committee. The company marketed those vehicles as reliable and safe.

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