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Government Demands Answers Behind GM Ignition Deaths

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(WLNS) - General Motors remains under the microscope and now the government is demanding answers after finding out 13 deaths have been linked to defects in their vehicles.

GM faces a fine of up to $35 million from the Department of Transportation.

6 News Nick Perreault spoke with one owner, who say fortunately he hasn't had an issue, but says he should have already been warned about the recall.

Ronald Preadmore's brought his 2007 Chevrolet HHR in to get fixed twice for two different recalls since he bought it.

"They sent me a letter immediately on that, I took it in and within an hour, they had it taken care of," said Preadmore.

He still has the letter from 2008. But this latest recall, regarding a faulty ignition switch that could cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly, Preadmore didn't get that letter.

"It took me to call them because it wasn't on the list and that's what kind of upset me," said Preadmore.

Now that the ignition switch recall is on the list, this lifelong GM owner says he should've been notified.

Now he's told a letter will be on his doorstep next week.

"We've had quite a few phone calls, people coming in bring their cars wondering if theirs qualify for the recall," said Matt Sloan, Graff Chevrolet General Manager.

For those few hundred of his customers who do, Sloan says people should remain patient with parts expected in a few weeks, he says it will be a quick fix.

"It's going to be a small part, just an ignition cylinder, once they roll them out the first of April, I think we'll be able to handle all of them in a short period of time," said Sloan.

For now Preadmore says he's not getting rid of his car or the company. "I will stick with them, but they are just going to have to get a little bit better on some of the safety items.

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