If the government charges GM or its employees, it could mark a different conclusion than the so-called Valukas Report did last year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The U.S. government is determining whether charges will be brought against General Motors Co. or its employees over the handling of a faulty ignition switch, a person familiar with the investigation said.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York, is reviewing evidence tied to the safety defect that was linked to more than 100 deaths and is attempting to determine whether anyone at the automaker broke the law, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

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