General Motors has been incompetent and negligent in handling the recall of defective small vehicles in the past 10 years, according to an internal investigation.
However, it concluded there was no cover-up, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing chief executive Mary T. Barra.
Fifteen employees have been fired, mostly senior executives, and five others disciplined in connection with the botched recall relating to a faulty ignition switch. The investigation did not find Barra liable.
Concerned individuals repeatedly failed to disclose critical pieces of information that could have saved lives, Barra said.
The defect has been linked to 13 deaths and 47 crashes.
In April, two midlevel engineers and their supervisor were placed on paid leave. Both were named in a lawsuit against GM by the family of a Georgia woman who died in a Cobalt crash in 2010.
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