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Government Fines GM Maximum $35 Million in Safety Case

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The U.S. government is fining General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches.
 
The government also says Friday that GM will report safety issues faster in the future.
 
The fine is the maximum allowed by law. But it's only a fraction of the $3.8 billion GM made last year.
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating GM's delayed recall of older small cars with defective ignition switches. GM has acknowledged knowing about the problem for at least a decade, but it didn't recall the cars until this year. The company says at least 13 people have died in crashes linked to the problem.

The Justice Department also is investigating. Automakers are required to report safety defects within five days of discovering them.
 
Meanwhile, General Motors is recalling about 8,200 midsize cars to fix a problem with the front brakes.
 
It's the sixth recall announced by the company this week and the 24th this year. Since January, GM has recalled about 11.2 million cars and trucks.
 
The latest recall affects 2014 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Malibu models.
 
GM says Friday that rear brake rotors were mistakenly installed on the front. The rear rotors are thinner, so brake pads will wear faster and could lose contact with the brake calipers. That could cause longer stopping distances and brake failure.
 
Dealers were told to stop delivering the cars on May 1. Owners will get letters starting May 29. Dealers will inspect the brakes and replace rotors and pads if needed at no cost to owners.  (AP)
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