Feds say GM’s actions criminal in ignition switch malfunction

2014 is going down as the Year of the Recall after millions of auto recalls.
FILE - This Tuesday, April 1, 2014, file photo, shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. GM was aware of faulty ignition switches on Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade, but it didn't recall them until 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – The New York Times reports federal investigators have found criminal wrongdoing in the handling of a fatal General Motors defect.

People briefed on the probe tell the times that the Justice Department is negotiating with GM to determine a penalty.

Former GM employees are also under investigation and could face charges.

More than 100 deaths have been blamed on a flawed ignition switch on GM cars.

The switch could make the cars shut off while being driven, disabling safety features.

GM admits that it delayed a recall for about a decade after learning of the problem.

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