'Deeply Troubling' GM Probe Finds No Cover-Up, 15 Fired
But no senior executives are among those let go
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2014 8:47 AM CDT
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, speaks at the 2014 Automotive Forum, April 15, 2014 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – General Motors is firing 15 people in connection with its deadly ignition switch scandal, but none of the heads rolling are those of senior executives. CEO Mary Barra today unveiled the results of the company's internal probe, and said that it found no evidence of an intentional cover-up of the defect, or of wrongdoing by the company's senior executives, the New York Times reports. Instead, Barra blamed the failure to report the flaw on bureaucratic issues and individual lower-level employees; she called the report "brutally tough and deeply troubling," notes the AP.

Among those being fired are engineer Ray DeGiorgio (more on him here), and program engineering manager Gary Altman, Bloomberg reports. "From start to finish, the Cobalt saga was riddled with tragedy," Barra said. The probe backed up her assertion that she personally was unaware of the flaw until January. Before Barra even spoke some were criticizing the probe for shielding senior executives. "How do you truly fix a culture of carelessness and cover-up without cutting the head off the snake?" one lawyer representing ignition switch victims asked, according to Reuters.

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Jun 7, 2014 10:11 PM CDT
Couldn't find a cover-up because the entire report is a cover-up. GM could not afford to fix these cars and everyone at GM knew it. They fired the guys who were told to drag their feet because the board did not want to lose their bonuses. Every level of this incompetence points to the governing board.
Bill Sherman
Jun 6, 2014 8:56 AM CDT
between the banks and their peasant insurance and credit card scams, the car companies negligence, the telecommunications companies monopolies, the airline companies dergulation, the health insurance companies taking over healthcare , the energy companies charging us out the gas nozzle and making billions in profit and destroying the planet- i surmise that the problems in america are clearly that goverment is too big and that rich people do not have enough money.
Jun 6, 2014 7:32 AM CDT
Being "Government Motors", they reacted in a very militaristic way. They offered up a couple of Lt. Calley's and called it good and done. The "generals" always claim plausible deniability. They can claim they just didn’t know. No one seems to care that they SHOULD HAVE known in order to justify their big salaries.