General Motors fined $35 million for ignition switch recall delays

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General Motors has agreed to pay a $35 million fine to settle a federal probe into the 10-year delay of its ignition switch recall, federal safety regulators announced Friday.

GM had already admitted that its employees knew of problems with the ignition switch as early as 2004.

The flaw caused some cars to shut off while driving, disabling airbags, anti-lock brakes and power steering. It has been tied to at least 13 deaths. But GM did not start recalling the 2.6 million cars with the ignition problems until this February.

The decade-long delay has prompted probes by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as Congressional committees and the Justice Department.

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