General Motors says it has dismissed 15 employees and vowed to start a compensation fund for victims of an ignition switch defect tied to at least 13 and potentially hundreds of deaths. An internal report cites a “pattern of incompetence and neglect,” but denies an intentional cover-up of the defect, which took GM more than a decade to address. A former federal prosecutor hired by GM to conduct the report found multiple groups within GM reviewed the problem, but “failed to take action or acted too slowly.” GM CEO Mary Barra called the results “troubling.”
Mary Barra: “I can tell you that this report is extremely thorough, brutally tough and deeply troubling. For those of us who have dedicated our lives to this company it enormously painful to see our shortcoming laid out so vividly. As I read the report I was deeply saddened and disturbed.”
In a statement, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called for an independent inquiry into GM’s failures, calling the internal review “the best report money can buy.” “It absolves upper management, denies deliberate wrongdoing, and dismisses corporate culpability,” Blumenthal said.
Via Democracy Now!