General Motors did not engage in a cover-up of its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, a new investigation says. "The ignition switch issue was touched by numerous parties at GM -- engineers, investigators, and lawyers -- but no one raised the issues to the highest level of the company," CEO Mary Barra said in discussing the investigation with about 1,000 of its employees this morning.
Anton Valukas, former chief of the US Justice Department's special prosecutions division, headed the investigation, which was commissioned by GM management. It was based on more than 350 interviews with 250 individuals, as well as a review of more than 41 million documents.
GM CEO Mary Barra said that the Valukas report “highlights a company that operated in siloes, with a number of individuals seemingly looking for reasons to not act, instead of finding ways to protect our customers.”
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The report was "extremely thorough, brutally tough, and deeply troubling." Investigators found "a pattern of incompetence and neglect," Barra said. "Repeatedly, individuals failed to disclose critical pieces of information that could have changed the lives of those impacted by the faulty ignition switch."
GM fired 15 individuals who were determined to have acted inappropriately. The company has taken disciplinary action against five other employees.
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