General Motors Company has submitted answers to U.S. safety regulators that were sought from the company about a defective ignition switch that was connected to at least 13 deaths.
GM responded to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with around 200,000 pages of documents by midnight on Thursday, according to GM spokesman Greg Martin. GM provided answers to almost 65% of the 107 questions that the NHTSA asked.
“GM is cooperating fully with NHTSA and is keeping the agency apprised at every step of its progress as it works to respond to the remaining questions within the special order,” said Martin in an email to Reuters.
The NHTSA said in a statement that it has received documents from GM and will be taking appropriate action based on the agency review. The agency did not give a an estimated time for when the documents will be made public.
GM has recalled 2.6 million cars to replace the faulty switches. GM may face a criminal probe by the Justice Department. The faulty switches could cause vehicles to stall while operating and stop air bags from opening. The brakes could also malfunction.
GM has recalled nearly 7 million vehicles so far this year. This is about the same number of the previous four years combined.