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GM Puts Two Engineers on Paid Leave During Recall Probe

General Motors CEO Mary Barra, recently grilled by lawmakers about a massive recall linked to at least 13 deaths, says the engineers were placed on paid leave as an independent investigation looks into why it took GM so long to announce the recall

Two engineers at GM have been put on paid leave amid an outside investigation into the automaker’s massive recall linked to at least 13 fatalities, CEO Mary Barra said in a statement Thursday.

Barra said the move was an interim step while former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas leads an independent investigation into why the company delayed the recall, CNN Money reports.

The company issued a recall for 2.6 million cars because of a faulty ignition switch that can cause the car to shut off while driving, disabling airbags, power steering and anti-lock breaks. It recently emerged GM knew of the fault as early as 2004, but failed to act.

[CNNMoney]

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