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The U.S. attorney’s office in New York has opened a criminal probe into the circumstances surrounding the General Motors ignition switch recall, according to reports on Tuesday by Reuters and the Associated Press, citing sources who asked not to be identified because the investigation is not public.

Federal prosecutors will examine, according to the reports, whether GM is criminally liable in the timing and handling of the switch problems that led to the recall last month of 1.37 million cars in the U.S. and a total of 1.62 million worldwide.

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