Auto industry experts say the deep apology from GM Chairman Mary Barra and the firing of 15 employees in the aftermath of releasing a comprehensive internal investigation into a bungled ignition switch recall, means the company is unlikely to fight numerous lawsuits stemming from the matter. GM has acknowledged that 13 people died as a result of injuries related to the defective switch – which abruptly cuts off power while the car is moving. Other say the death toll is closer to 75. The defective switches were installed on 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, HHR utility vehicles, Pontiac G5 and Solstace and Saturn Ion and Sky models from 2005-2011. GM’s internal report cited a pattern of “incompetence and neglect” in the company’s internal culture which led to the problem lingering for years.
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