Critic says GM Bought A Favorable Investigation

One critic is dismissing Thursday's report on GM's delayed recalls as "the best report money can buy."

GM paid for the report -- hiring the former prosecutor who conducted the internal investigation that led to the report. And Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is suggesting the report is something of a whitewash. He says it ended up putting no blame on GM's upper management, and it denies any deliberate wrongdoing.

But GM's CEO, Mary Barra, calls the report "brutally tough and deeply troubling." According to GM, the report shows that the long delay in recalling millions of cars with defective ignition switches was a result of a pattern of incompetence and neglect -- but not a larger conspiracy or cover-up.

Barra says 15 employees -- including many senior legal and engineering executives -- have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect. Five other employees have been disciplined.

GM also says it will establish a compensation program for families of victims and those who suffered serious injuries in accidents related to the switches.

The company links the defect to 13 highway deaths and 54 crashes in which the air bags didn't deploy.

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GM CEO Mary Barra says 15 employees have been fired over the company's recent ignition switch recalls.

Barra made the announcement Thursday as she released an internal investigation into the recall of 2.6 million older small cars for defective ignition switches.

Barra called the internal investigation into its recent ignition switch recall is "brutally tough and deeply troubling." It took GM more than a decade to report the switch failures, which it blames for 13 deaths.

In a town hall meeting at GM's suburban Detroit technical center, Barra says attorney Anton Valukas interviewed 230 employees and reviewed 41 million documents to produce the report, which makes recommendations to avoid future safety problems.

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