Father accuses GM of negligence after son dies at the wheel

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The father of a 23-year-old man who died in a Granby car accident says General Motors took too long to issue a recall for airbag malfunctions and his son may still be alive if the company wasn't so negligent.

Dany Dubuc Marquis died on impact when he fell asleep at the wheel last June and his airbags never deployed when he slammed into some trees.

Documents given to U.S. authorities show 300 people have died in the U.S. for the same reason and that GM knew about the problem since 2001.

But the company only recalled 1.6 million vehicles in North America last month and another 1.5 million last Monday.

“Five days after you know you have to notify the government, so the question now becomes what did you know and when did you know it? GM has already admitted that their internal process was broken, they were actually settling with families and signing confidential agreements,” George Iny, Director of the Automobile Protection Association (APA) said.

Iny, says the piece needed for the recall is not available yet.

Drivers of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn models between 2003 and 2007 should not carry anything heavy on their key chain to prevent the malfunction from happening.

Iny also asks drivers experiencing problems to report them to the APA.

Dany Dubuc Marquis was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt SS 2007 upon the accident, one of the models recalled.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against GM in the U.S., in Quebec only the SAAQ can sue GM.

CJAD requested an interview with GM but did not hear back.

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