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Ontario family suing GM dealing with death of second child

04/12/2014 05:00 EDT | Updated 06/11/2014 05:59 EDT
A Cornwall, Ont., family that has launched a $500-million lawsuit against General Motors related to their son’s death, is dealing with the second tragedy involving a child.

Suzanne and Dan Baker’s son Nick died after a head-on crash in October 2012. He was driving home from work when he lost control and collided with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

On March 31 of this year, the Bakers received a letter from General Motors Canada addressed to Nick, informing him his 2006 Saturn Ion was being recalled.

The issue was a faulty ignition switch that would stop the engine, power steering, brakes and airbags without warning.

Suzanne Baker said her son’s airbag did not deploy when he crashed.

“I still am very angry that perhaps the airbag could have saved his life. He was only 22,” said Suzanne, who initially thought her son’s death was an accident.

13 deaths in US linked to GM issue

The ignition switch has been linked to 13 deaths in the US and congressional hearings have begun into GM’s handling of the recall.

Now the family is suing GM Canada for $500 million.

The Bakers’ suit is at least the third class action initiated in Canada against the global automaker related to 2014 recall announcements. None of the lawsuits have been certified.

The couple’s teen daughter also died in a house fire two decades ago, so the pain of losing a child for the second time has them willing to wait for justice.

“For the rest of my life, I will miss my son Nick,” Suzanne Baker said.

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