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Report Reveals GM Urgently Ordered 500K Switches Before Recall

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/10/2014 Erick Ayapana

General Motors has been taken a lot of heat for its delay in issuing its massive ignition switch recall, and a new report further solidifies the claim that the automaker knew about the problem long before it initiated the recall in early February. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, GM in December 2013 placed an urgent order to parts supplier Delphi for half a million replacement switches, two months before the recall.

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The Wall Street Journal discovered the order from email documents that Delphi submitted to an ongoing case taking place in New York. The documents show that the big order was placed on December 18 by a GM contractor, a day after executives held a meeting to discuss ignition switch issues. No records from that meeting were available. GM Ignition Assembly Recall Parts In Hand© Provided by MotorTrend GM Ignition Assembly Recall Parts In Hand

The recall has affected 2.5 million vehicles, and is linked to at least 30 deaths, though that number is expected to rise as the automaker continues to process claims from its compensation program.

The faulty switches were found to inadvertently move from the “run” to the “off” position, causing a complete shutdown of most of the vehicle’s electronics, including the airbags.

Previous reports found that GM knew about the problem as early as 2001. GM launched an internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, which revealed troubling missteps in the automaker’s processes and culture. CEO Mary Barra has since made a number of changes following the Valukas report.2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe SS© Provided by MotorTrend 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe SS

In response to the WSJ report, GM issued the following statement:

“These emails are further confirmation that our system needed reform, and we have done so. We have reorganized our entire safety investigation and decision process and have more investigators, move issues more quickly and make decisions with better data.”

While it’s not unusual for automakers to order parts prior to issuing a recall, these emails may provide strong evidence for attorneys who claim that GM purposely delayed informing regulators and the public about the faulty switches.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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