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GM's "Valukas" Report on Ignition Switch Failure

This 324-page report (a 60-MB download) details an investigation led by former U.S. Dept. of Justice lawyer Anton Valukas into the reasons why General Motors Co. waited 11 years to recall a defective ignition switch that has been linked to 13 fatalities.
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This 324-page report (a 60-MB download) details an investigation led by former U.S. Dept. of Justice lawyer Anton Valukas into the reasons why General Motors Co. waited 11 years to recall a defective ignition switch that has been linked to 13 fatalities.

The bluntly worded report catalogs failures by GM engineers and internal product review groups to recognize the safety implications of the faulty switch the device can be easily jolted out of the "run" position, thus turning off the engine and killing power to the airbags and do something about it.

The report says GM's decision to order a recall in February of 2.6 million affected cars was slowed by a long-running assumption that the problem was a matter of customer inconvenience rather than a safety issue.

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