Two GM collisions under investigation by Transport Canada

Transport Canada is looking into two fatal collisions in GM vehicles that could have resulted from defective ignition switches.

According to Reuters via Automotive News, Transport Canada officials says the vehicles, both covered in GM’s ignition switch recall, didn’t have their airbags deploy, although the ministry didn’t specify which vehicles they were. In addition, Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt says the number of collisions could rise as they field more complaints from drivers. Currently, Transport Canada has received nine additional complaints.

“There were two accidents into which we are currently having investigations which may be related to this defect and this recall and I can confirm that,” Raitt told Reuters.

The complaints themselves were filed in June 2013 and earlier this year in April, although Raitt said she doesn’t know when the investigations would conclude. In the U.S., 47 collisions and 13 fatalities have been linked to the recall, although the NHTSA believes the latter figure will rise.

Nearly 2.6 million cars manufactured between 2003 and 2010 are covered by the recall in the U.S. and Canada, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and the Saturn Ion and Sky.

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