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Feds Fine GM $35 Million For Ignoring Deadly Ignition Switch

General Motors will pay a $35 million fine for violating federal law when it failed to promptly disclose defects in a faulty ignition switch that caused some cars to abruptly lose power, and crash without air bags deploying. GM acknowledges 13 people were killed in related accidents. Critics say the death total is much higher and is closer to 50. It is the largest such fine in US history concerning an automotive recall even though Toyota paid $1.1 billion last year for deceiving federal regulators. Lawmakers are currently pushing to impose fines of up to $300 million on GM for continuing to answer 107 questions related to the faulty switches. GM knew about the defects several years ago, but delayed making the repairs or design changes because of the cost. The defective switches were installed in 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and HHR's, Pontiac G5's and Solstaces; and Saturn ION's from 2005 - 2011.

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