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UPDATED: Cornwall family preparing to sue GM over son's death

A Cornwall family is in the process of suing General Motors as they believe their son's death may be tied to the massive ignition switch recall.

2.6 million vehicles are affected, including the 2006 Saturn driven by Nick Baker, who crossed into oncoming traffic near Cornwall in October of 2012.

His airbag didn't deploy.

Suzanne Baker told CTV Ottawa the family has now received a letter telling them the car was involved in the recall.

"We've been grieving so badly, my husband and I. We almost don't live; we exist."

The family's lawyer, Russ Molot, told CFRA News not only did the ignition switch problem prevent the airbags from going off, it may have actually caused the accident in which Nick was killed, by shutting the car off.

"If you have power steering you no longer have power going to the steering column and the steering wheel and you can literally lose control of your car so, not only were the drivers at risk for themselves but everybody around them was also at risk," he said.

"We think that actually may have caused the accident as well," said Molot.

He said knowing the ignition switch problem could cause the car to shut off at high speeds does seem to answer a lot of questions the family and police officers have long had about the crash.

"It's been a mystery since the accident happened. They really had no idea why Nick would have crossed over the centre line and why this accident would have occurred in the first place," he said.

The faulty ignition switch has been officially linked to 13 deaths.

With files from CTV Ottawa

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