General Motors - faults linked to 13 deaths
CNN Money has reported that an ignition defect in cars manufactured by General Motors had been linked to at least 13 deaths. 2.6 million cars were said to have been recalled, however, the company was said to have known about the defects since 2004, and an investigation was being carried out to establish why the company failed to issue a recall earlier.
Two engineers were said to have been placed on leave as a result of the investigation. The company's Chief Executive Officer was quoted as saying “This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened”.
One of the suspended engineers was said to have approved a part modification to fix the issue in 2006. However, the part number was not changed and consequently the change remained undetected for a number of years. Lawyers were said to have accused the engineer of “lying and attempting to cover up the issue”.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was said to be fining GM $7,000 per day for failing to meet its April 3rd deadline to respond to 107 questions about its ignition switch recall.
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