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GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles; CEO says 'terrible things happened'

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:18 AM

DETROIT (REUTERS) - General Motors Co (GM) announced new recalls of 1.5 million vehicles on Monday, March 17, 2014, and in a virtually unprecedented public admission by a GM chief executive, Ms Mary Barra acknowledged the company fell short in catching faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths.

"Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened," she told employees in a video message posted online. Ms Barra said the company is changing how it handles defect investigations and recalls.

In the last two months, GM has recalled more than 3.1 million vehicles in the United States (US) and other markets. The actions started with last month's recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles for faulty ignition switches.

The latest recalls cover airbag wiring harnesses, brake parts and other components across several models.

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