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20 October 2017, 12:44 | Colleen Roy
A GM ignition switch
General Motors will now pay MI almost $4 million following the settlement over its defective ignition switches.
CT served on the multistate investigation's nine-state executive committee.
Thursday's settlement comes two years after GM paid $900 million to settle with federal authorities, who have tied at least 15 deaths to ignition-switch-related collisions.
The settlement also addresses additional GM recalls that involved unintended rotation of ignition switches.
Connecticut's share of the $120 million settlement is $3,206,587.58, of which $350,000 will be deposited in the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and the remainder will go to the state's General Fund.
Not represent that certified pre-owned vehicles that General Motors advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to rigorous inspection, unless such vehicles are not subject to any open recalls relating to safety or have been repaired pursuant to such a recall.
GM agreed in September 2015 to pay $900 million to settle the Justice Department probe, which resulted in prosecutors charging the auto maker with criminal wire fraud and scheming to hide a deadly safety defect from US regulators.
The defect in the GM ignition switches caused vehicles to move out of the run position to the accessory or off position, according to Beshear's office.In a crash, the vehicle's safety airbags may fail to deploy because of a loss of electrical systems.
General Motors employees first knew of the problem in 2004, ten years before the recall was announced.
The ignition switches affected more than 600,000 vehicles in MI. It led to a 2014 recall of almost 2.6 million older cars.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says the consent agreement will be presented to the Ingham County Circuit Court for approval. If there is a recall on any certified pre-owned vehicle sold in the USA, the required fix must be completed before the vehicle is delivered to a consumer.
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