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GM sends man who died in crash letter saying car is defective

Doug Hempstead, Multimedia Journalist
Ottawa Sun

By Doug Hempstead, Ottawa Sun

GM Oshawa (Sun files)

GM Oshawa (Sun files)

OTTAWA — Parents of a 22-year-old Cornwall, Ont., man who died in a car crash in 2012 have decided to sue General Motors after the company sent their deceased son a letter this week warning that his car has a dangerous defect.

On Oct. 18, 2012, Nick Baker left work at the end of the day and headed home to his parents’ house. His 22nd birthday was earlier that week and he wanted to celebrate with a trip to Upper Canada Village.

Baker never made it home. Instead, his parents Suzanne and Danny Baker watched a provincial police officer walk up to their door with terrible news. Their son Nick died after swerving his 2006 Saturn into an oncoming pickup truck on County Rd. 2, near Cornwall.

On Monday, General Motors sent Nick — not his parents — a notice that his car has a dangerous defect.

According to lawyer Russel Molot, the letter says, “There is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the ‘run’ position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine. The risk increases if your key ring is carrying more weight (such as more keys or the key fob) or your vehicle experiences rough road conditions or other jarring or impact related conditions. If the ignition switch is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury or fatality.”

Molot said Nick’s airbag didn’t deploy.

Tuesday he informed General Motors the Baker family intends to sue for wrongful death and punitive damages.


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