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GM to release report into car recall linked to US deaths

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General Motors plans to release the results of an investigation by an outside lawyer into the handling of a car recall which has been linked to deaths in the US.

AAP reports that GM will hold a meeting to discuss the report by US Attorney Anton Valukas. CEO Mary Barra will lead the meeting and also hold a news conference afterwards.

GM took more than 10 years to recall about 2.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches.

The company accepts that the ignition switches caused at least 13 deaths. However, according to trial lawyers suing GM, at least 60 people were killed in incidents involving the faulty ignition switches.

USA Today reports that most observers expect Barra, who claims she knew nothing about the faulty switches until just before they were be recalled, to be cleared by Valukas.

Former GM CEO Dan Akerson has also claimed that he knew nothing about the potentially dangerous switches.

GM documents show a reference to a problem with the switch in 2001. In that year, an engineer who was developing the 2003 Saturn Ion said that the switch could move out of the "run" position unexpectedly.

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