Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

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General Motors headquarters in the Renaissance Center are seen on January 14, 2014 in Detroit as previews continue at the North American International Auto Show. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking action.
 
The memo was released Sunday, ahead of the subcommittee's Tuesday hearing on GM's recall of 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths.
 
According to the memo, GM engineers met early in 2005 to consider making changes to the ignition switch after reports it was moving out of position and causing cars to stall. But an engineer said the switch was "very fragile" and advised against changes, which were later canceled because they would take too long and cost too much.
 
Later that year, GM also approved but then canceled a change to the key design.

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