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GM ordered replacement switches two months before recalls

There's a new twist in the ignition-switch controversy plaguing General Motors. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company expressly ordered replacement parts to fix the problem about two months before it alerted safety regulators in the U.S.

Emails between GM and Delphi Automotive indeed show an order of 500,000 parts on December 18th, 2013, the morning after a meeting of GM's top brass to discuss the matter. The recalls, covering some 2.6 million vehicles, were announced in February of this year.

GM was initially made aware of faulty ignition switches about 10 years ago.

So far, 30 confirmed people have died as a direct result. The automaker's compensation plan allocates $1 million for each victim and $300,000 apiece for their surviving spouses and children. 

Source: La Presse