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Suzuki recalls 180,000 GM-made cars

Japan's Suzuki Motors on Friday recalled 180,000 cars made by General Motors' Daewoo subsidiary, as the US automaker fights accusations it hid deadly problems in some cars.

NEW YORK: Japan's Suzuki Motors on Friday recalled 180,000 cars made by General Motors' Daewoo subsidiary, as the US automaker fights accusations it hid deadly problems in some cars.

Suzuki, a partner with GM in several markets, said the 2004-2008 model year Forenzas and Renos have headlight switches that can overheat and melt, with risk of fire.

Suzuki had the cars made by GM Daewoo, now named GM Korea, for export to the US market. The budget cars are called Lacetti in South Korea.

The announcement comes after a recall beginning in February of more than 13 million vehicles by the US automaker, mostly in American and Canadian markets.

The company has admitted to having stalled for years addressing a faulty ignition problem in a number of US-made models that would shut down a car's electrical systems, including airbag deployment, while the car was still under power.

That problem has been tied to possibly hundreds of accidents and at least 13 deaths.

The company is under investigation by the Justice Department and by Congress for the delayed ignition recall, and was fined a record $35 million last week by the US safety regulator.

The company also faces multiple lawsuits from victims which analysts say could ultimately cost it billions of dollars in possible settlements.

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