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Two Engineers Put On Paid Leave By GM

Tina Robinson2 years ago

General Motors announced Thursday morning it was placing two unidentified engineers on paid leave. The disciplinary action followed a briefing from former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas who is leading an internal probe into the ignition switch recall, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Criminal Investigations Continue

In a statement, GM Chief Mary Barra said, “This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened. It was a difficult decision, but I believe it best for GM.”

Thursday’s announcement accompanies the news that federal investigators would be questioning GM officials as part of a criminal probe into the recall. The move had some senior officials hiring outside defense attorneys.

Barra also announced at an employee meeting the launch of a new company program called “Speak Up For Safety.” The program would recognize employees who helped improve auto safety. More details of the program should be announced over the next month.

20 Potential Class Action Lawsuits

Documents filed by GM in federal court say the automaker is facing up to 20 potential class action lawsuits. On Friday of last week a U.S. District Judge heard arguments for an emergency injunction filed by personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard. The judge asked for more time to consider written statements before making a decision.

The “park it now” motion asks the judge to compel GM to warn drivers not to operate the recalled vehicles until repaired. The automaker has repeatedly assured drivers the vehicles are safe to drive as long as all extra weight is taken off the ignition key.

However, witnesses for Hilliard testified on Friday about recalled vehicles still stalling despite following GM’s directions. Hilliard says the only way to ensure there are no more injuries is to ground the defective vehicles.

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