Delphi told panel GM approved ignition switches below specifications

A General Motors logo is seen on a vehicle for sale at the GM dealership in CarlsbadBy Richard Cowan, Eric Beech and Paul Lienert WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co approved ignition switches for cars that have been linked to 13 deaths, even though the parts did not appear to meet the company’s specifications, officials of Delphi Automotive told U.S. congressional investigators. In a memo released on Sunday by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, documents provided by GM and a federal regulator provided “unsettling” information, according to Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who leads a subcommittee of the panel. The memo was released ahead of Tuesday’s testimony from GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, who will appear at the committee’s first public hearing on the recalls. She is likely to be asked why it took GM so long to identify and address the ignition switch problem.

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