GM sacks 15 execs after report on ignition failure scandal

Fifteen
General Motors executives have been fired over the long-running scandal over
faulty car ignitions.

CEO
Mary Barra has released a report by former US attorney Anton Valukas, who was
hired for an internal review of GM’s failures. The ignition defect has killed
at least 13 people, Time notes.

The company recalled 2.6 million Cobalt and other small car models from 2004 – 2011.

GM
was fined $US 35 million earlier in the year over its failure to report the
ignition problems.

“The Cobalt saga was
riddled with failure,” said Barra, according to AFP.

“We misdiagnosed the
problem from the very beginning … We have to own this problem.”

Barra said the report made no
findings of a deliberate cover-up, but rather, a pattern of management deficiencies and misjudgments.”

There were 15 executive sackings included in Barra’s announcement.

“Some were removed because of what we consider misconduct or incompetence,” she said.

“Others have been relieved because they simply didn’t do enough: They didn’t take responsibility; didn’t act with any sense of urgency.