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GM accused of 'criminal' behavior over ignition fault

Published on Apr 3, 2014 4:18 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Senators accused General Motors of "criminal deception" over a decade-long ignition problem linked to 13 deaths, as the US automaker's boss faced a second straight day of congressional anger Wednesday.

Defending her company's battered reputation, chief executive Mary Barra repeated her pledge that GM will be forthcoming with results of a sweeping internal investigation into what led it to keep using ignition switches it knew were faulty for years, then change the parts without alerting the public or regulators.

"We will share anything and everything related to vehicle safety," Barra assured members of a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection.

But she received a tongue-lashing from lawmakers less than mollified by her pledges of transparency.

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