GM on possible Justice Department investigation: No comment

The automaker’s February recall of nearly 1.4 million vehicles made from 2003 to 2007 has brought on considerable scrutiny from the federal government, including a congressional committee.

First, there was the news that General Motors was recalling nearly 800,000 vehicles manufactured up to 10 years ago over faulty ignitions. Then the news came that the number of affected vehicles was more like 1.4 million. And reports said that may not have included all the cars with the problem.

Now, the U.S. Justice Department has stepped in. It’s in the early stages of a criminal investigation of GM’s handling of the recall of certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt sedan and other cars that had ignition problems. The New York Times explained the scope of the investigation:

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