Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield says President Donald Trump didn’t ask the state’s Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House. Chatfield was among several GOP legislators who met with Trump on Friday, amid Trump’s longshot efforts to block Joe Biden’s win. Chatfield’s comments to Fox News about the highly unusual meeting came a day before canvassers plan to meet on whether to certify Biden’s 154,000-vote victory. Michigan’s election agency has recommended that the Nov. 3 results — including Biden’s victory — be certified by the canvassing board, which has two Democrats and two Republicans.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials plan to consider certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in the state amid President Donald Trump’s brazen attempts to subvert the results of the election. The Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, is meeting Monday afternoon for what usually is a routine step. Allies of Trump and GOP Senate candidate John James, however, want the panel to delay voting for two weeks to audit votes in heavily Democratic Wayne County, home to Detroit. Biden crushed the president by more than 330,000 votes in Wayne County. Michigan’s elections bureau has recommended that the Nov. 3 results be certified.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The move came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles in the U.S. GM says it will not fight the recall, which will cost $1.2 billion. The company had petitioned the agency four times starting in 2016 to avoid a recall, contending the inflators are safe. Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel. Twenty-seven people have been killed worldwide by the exploding inflators.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit and it urges other automakers to do so. She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to expand electric-vehicle use. Last week the company said it is testing a new battery chemistry that will bring electric vehicle costs down to those of gas-powered vehicles within five years.