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GM Canada target of lawsuit by parents of 2012 accident victim

General Motors Canada is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit from the parents of an Ontario man who lost his life while behind the wheel of a 2006 Saturn Ion. The parents of the accident victim are taking part in a national class action suit over malfunctioning parts and systems. They contend that their son's airbag did not inflate on impact, leading to his death in a head-on collision in 2012. GM recently ordered worldwide recalls regarding faulty ignition switches and power steering defects in several models, including the Ion.

Toyota announces recall due to defective parts

Toyota owners in British Columbia will want to know about a recall announced by the automaker April 9 to correct a variety of problems, including a defective engine starter, a spiral cable attached to an air-bag module, seat rails, a windshield-wiper motor and a steering column bracket. Although no crashes or injuries have been associated with the defective parts, the engine starter has been known to keep the engine running, which can result in a fire.

1 dead in British Columbia crash

A major traffic incident in Vancouver on April 9 left one person dead and put five others in the hospital. The car accident is said to have occurred on East Broadway as a transit bus approached St. Catherines Street. Although initial media reports were unclear as to whether one of the vehicles involved was stolen or not, authorities later confirmed that the van was stolen on April 8.

B.C. government may crack down on distracted driving

Some British Columbia residents are concerned that there is a huge disparity in penalties for distracted and impaired driving. While the province has the harshest penalties in Canada for individuals convicted of drunk driving, those found talking on a cellphone or texting while driving are assessed a meager $167 ticket in spite of statistics suggesting that distracted driving is surpassing impaired driving as a leading cause of death for B.C. motorists.

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