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Ignition switch recall, internal review completed

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An internal review into the General Motors botched recall is now complete. The CEO blaming "incompetence and neglect" for the ignition switch problem which led to the massive recall and at least 13 deaths.

It was one of the biggest defects in American automotive history. More than 2.5 million cars recalled by General Motors after it was found that a fault ignition switch had led to more than two dozen deaths over the last decade. Now GM says they are starting to fix the problem.

"Repeatedly, individuals failed to disclose critical pieces of information that could have fundamentally changed the lives of those impacted by the fault ignition switch," said GM CEO Mary Barra.

Releasing the company's internal review on Thursday, CEO Mary Barra says incompetence and neglect led to the problem. And while the review found no internal cover-up, Barra says there is no excuse for the fact that it took more than ten years for the cars to be recalled.

"This is not just another business crisis for General Motors. We aren't simply going to fix this and move on. We are going to fix the failures in our system, that I promise. In fact, many are already fixed and we are going to do the right thing for the affected parties but I never want to put this behind us," she said.

Fifteen employees have already been fired and Barra says more recall announcements could be coming in the near future. The company pledges not to sweep this incident under the rug.

"We'll accept responsibility for our mistakes and commit to doing everything within our power to make sure this never happens again," said Barra.

GM is setting up a fund to compensate the victims and their families. It will be overseen by Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg also administered funds for the victims of 9/11 and the BP oil spill.

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