GM ordered new ignition switches prior to recall: report

Senator Richard Blumenthal holds up a picture of car crash victim US Marine Richard Scott Bailey in Washington on April 1, 2014 at a rally to ask why it took GM so long to recall the faulty ignition switch on certain carsGeneral Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before alerting regulators to a defect linked to at least 32 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported. The largest US automaker placed an “urgent” order for the new ignitions on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives, the Journal said Sunday, citing emails between GM and its supplier Delphi Automotive. The Journal said the practice was not unusual but could be used in court to portray GM as stalling on releasing information crucial to public safety. “It isn’t uncommon for automakers, before a recall, to check on parts availability and place orders for parts,” the Journal reported.

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