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GM settles in ignition switch defect recall

General Motors agreed to pay 35 million dollars for delays in reporting an ignition switch defect tied to 13 deaths.

The flaw caused some cars to shut off while driving, disabling airbags, anti-lock brakes and power steering.

Federal safety regulators announced the settlement today---
Admitting its employees knew of problems with the ignition switch ten years ago before recalling them earlier this year.
   
As part of the deal, the automaker has agreed to make changes to its internal safety practices.