GM Saved $1 Per Faulty Car

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 1:  General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the full House Energy and Commerce hearing room in a hearing entitled "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?" April 1, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  The committee is hearing testimony on a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

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    According to an internal document given to U.S. congressional investigators, in 2005 General Motors did not change the ignition switch in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, because it would have added roughly a dollar to the cost of each car. In response to questions at a congressional hearing, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra said that the findings were “very disturbing. That is not the way we do business in the new GM.” In the emails, an engineer named John Henler reportedly said to continue using the switch from Delphi Automotive even though Delphi told GM it did not meet GM performance specifications.

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