It’s official. General Motors, the largest automaker in the U.S., will pay a massive $900 million settlement over defective ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths, Reuters reported Thursday.
The automaker also admitted to misleading the government, ending a criminal investigation as a result, the report said.
GM will be monitored for its safety practices over the next few years. GM’s CEO Mary Barra reportedly had 15 executives of the company removed, too, according to Reuters. In 2014, the company created a fund to hand out payments to victims’ families. Shares of GM rose sharply following the news.
According to the news wire:
The $900 million settlement isn’t the largest paid by an automaker in recent history. That distinction belongs to Toyota, which paid $1.2 billion in March 2014 over allegedly hiding an acceleration issue in its vehicles.
For more on GM and its CEO Mary Barra, check out Fortune’s recent Most Powerful Women list. Barra also recently quashed the rumor that GM would merge with Fiat.
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