GM: Incompetence, Negligence Led to Delayed Recall

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) - GM CEO Mary Barra says 15 employees have been fired over the company's recent ignition switch recalls.

Barra made the announcement Thursday as she released an internal investigation into the recall of 2.6 million older small cars for defective ignition switches.

Barra called the internal investigation into its recent ignition switch recall is "brutally tough and deeply troubling." It took GM more than a decade to report the switch failures, which it blames for 13 deaths.

In a town hall meeting at GM's suburban Detroit technical center, Barra says attorney Anton Valukas interviewed 230 employees and reviewed 41 million documents to produce the report, which makes recommendations to avoid future safety problems.


DETROIT (AP) - A former federal prosecutor is set to release his findings in an investigation of why it took so long for General Motors to order a recall of small cars with faulty ignition switches.

The report to be released later today by Anton Valukas was paid for by GM with the promise of an "unvarnished" inquiry. It is expected to address just how high in the company knowledge of the problem reached.

Documents show that GM executives knew about the problem for at least a decade before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to repair the switches in February. During that time, at least 13 people lost their lives in crashes tied to the problem.

Valukas isn't expected to place blame with CEO Mary Barra, who has denied knowing the details until Jan. 31. Although Valukas is expected to name names, it's likely that he'll find GM's bureaucratic structure at least partly responsible.