GM CEO: Incompetence, negligence led to recall delay

FILE - This Friday, May 16 2014 file photo shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. General Motors plans to release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - This Friday, May 16 2014 file photo shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. General Motors plans to release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

WARREN, Mich. (AP) – GM CEO Mary Barra says 15 employees have been fired over the company’s recent ignition switch recalls.

General Motors new CEO Mary Barra speaks to her employees June 5, 2014 shortly before an investigation into the company was scheduled for release. (CBS News)
General Motors new CEO Mary Barra speaks to her employees June 5, 2014 shortly before an investigation into the company was scheduled for release. (CBS News)

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 “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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