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General Motors Fires 15 Over Faulty Ignition Switches

Updated: Thursday, June 5 2014, 11:05 AM CDT

The CEO of General Motors said 15 people have been dismissed over the car company's handling of faulty ignition switches. "This should have never happened.  It is unacceptable.  Our customers need to know that they can count on our cars, our trucks, and most importantly, our word.  Because of the actions of a few people and the willingness of others to condone bureaucratic processes that avoided accountability, we let these customers down," said CEO Mary Barra.

GM admitted it discovered the ignition switch problem as early as 2004, but there was no recall until February of this year. 13 deaths have been linked to the problem. "I want to express again my deepest sympathy...to families who lost loved ones and those who were injured. I realize that there are no words of mine that can ease their grief or their pain," said Barra.

Barra said the internal investigation showed there was no sense of urgency about the issue, but there was not a conspiracy to cover it up. "We pledge that we will use the findings and the recommendations from this report as a template to strengthen our company.  What [attorney Anton] Valukas found in this situation was a pattern of incompetence and neglect."

Barra vowed that there will be a compensation plan for the victims, and GM will start accepting claims on August 1st. She also said the company will implement new procedures for handling safety issues, and that there will likely be more recalls. 

General Motors Fires 15 Over Faulty Ignition Switches


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