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GM seeks protection from ignition switch lawsuits

General Motors has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

The filing asserts that the ``numerous lawsuits'' recently filed, over GM's recall of cars with possible ignition switch problems, are ``retained liabilities'' of the old GM, not the new company.

It wants a judge to protect the ``new GM'' from the claims.

GM has said at least 13 deaths have been linked to the ignition problem.

A Cornwall couple is joining a class-action lawsuit against the auto maker.

Danny and Suzanne Baker allege their son Nick's death in an October, 2012 car crash may very well have been caused by the ignition switch problem.

His 2006 Saturn crossed the centre line and collided with an oncoming vehicle as he travelled to Upper Canada Village to celebrate his 22nd birthday with his parents.

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