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Families of victims of recalled GM cars seek answers

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WASHINGTON, DC. -  As congress prepared to take testimony into General Motor's handling of the faulty ignition switches, families of victims said they want a law that would require car companies to be more transparent about problems with their vehicles.

The family members as well as some victims, holding photos of their loved ones, gathered on the capitol hill in the nation's capital, ahead of a house subcommittee hearing on the issue.

In the past two months, General Motors has recalled more than 2.5-millilon vehicles after linking defective ignition switches in similar cars to 13 deaths and over 30 crashes.

The defect allowed the ignition switch to slip unexpectedly from the normal "run" position into "accessory." that shuts off the engine and kills power to a number of systems, including airbags.

The company is accused of installing the switches even though it knew they might be faulty.

Families of the victims said they are concerned about others who may be harmed while driving GM cars that have not been recalled, and they want to tighten rules to ensure that defective vehicles can be quickly recalled.

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