The U.S. Transportation Department says it will make a major announcement Friday on its investigation into General Motors safety issues.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman are scheduled to attend a press briefing.

The agencies have been investigating GM’s delayed recall of 2.6 million small cars due to faulty ignition switches. GM has acknowledged knowing about the problem for at least a decade but didn’t recall the cars until earlier this year. The company says at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem.

The agencies have the authority to fine GM $35 million for being too slow to respond to safety issues.

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