GM ousts 15 em­ploy­ees over ig­ni­tion-switch scan­dal

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

WAR­REN, Mich. (AP) — Gen­eral Mo­tors said Thurs­day it has forced out 15 em­ploy­ees for their role in the deadly ig­ni­tion-switch scan­dal and will set up a com­pen­sa­tion fund for crash vic­tims, as an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion blamed the de­ba­cle on en­gi­neer­ing ig­no­rance and bu­reau­cratic dither­ing, not a de­lib­er­ate cover-up.

GM took more than a decade to re­call 2.6 mil­lion cars with bad switches that are now linked to at least 13 deaths by the au­tomaker’s count.

“Group af­ter group and com­mit­tee af­ter com­mit­tee within GM that re­viewed the is­sue failed to take ac­tion or acted too slowly,” An­ton Valukas, the for­mer federal pros­e­cu­tor hired by the au­tomaker to in­ves­ti­gate the rea­son for the de­lay, said in a 315-page re­port. “Al­though ev­ery­one had re­spon­si­bil­ity to fix the prob­lem, no­body took re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

GM CEO Mary Barra, who re­leased the re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said more than half the 15 em­ploy­ees forced out were se­nior le­gal and en­gi­neer­ing ex­ec­u­tives who failed to dis­close the de­fect. Five other em­ploy­ees have been dis­ci­plined, she said. She didn’t iden­tify them.

The au­tomaker said it will es­tab­lish a com­pen­sa­tion pro­gram cov­er­ing those killed or se­ri­ously in­jured in the more than 50 ac­ci­dents blamed on the switches. The amount avail­able to be paid out was not dis­closed.

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