General Motors is under investigation by Congressional investigators for a faulty ignition switch that was linked to the death of thirteen people, according to the Huffington Post. In 2005, General Motors became aware of the ignition switch’s downfalls, but decided not to change equipment because it would cost an extra 90 cents per unit, and $400,000 in tooling costs. Neither the changes in the 2006 and 2007 ignition switches were up to GM standards, either. The company, who declared bankruptcy in 2009, has recalled the 2005 vehicles with the faulty switches, and CEO Mary Barra has called the situation “very disturbing.”
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