Former GM employee said workers knew of safety issues

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DETROIT, Mich. (AP) – A former General Motors manager is partially blaming the company’s corporate culture for delaying a recall for a faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths.

Certain GM employees apparently knew about the defect for more than a decade before the company recalled 2.6 million vehicles in February.

In an interview with CNN, former GM quality manager Bill McAleer said he found a variety of “catastrophic” defects starting in 1995. But after a couple of years the company refused to acknowledge any potential issues.

“Something had happened internally at General Motors where no problem could be admitted,” said McAleer. “Whether it was safety or any kind of problem, we couldn’t have a problem.”

McAleer was laid off from GM in 2004. He tried to sue the company under a whistleblower law but was not successful.

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