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GM Ignition Switch Report Sheds New Light On Problem

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(WLNS) - An internal investigation from General Motors is shedding new light on what led to a deadly ignition switch problem and a former GM engineer says the problems came when the company tried to fix what wasn't broken.

Here's how the report says it happened. The engineer testified that back in the late 1990's GM heard from customers that the ignition switches on some small cars were tough to turn and felt "cheap".

So engineers set out to make the ignitions feel more smooth, like foreign sports cars.

To do that changes were made that let the key turn more easily.

But, the engineer said the changes eased up the force needed to turn the key below GM guidelines.

The engineer says that caused the keys to be able to move out of the run position and stall the engine.

The engineer that testified about the ignition design is one of 15 employees General Motors CEO Mary Barra fired after the recall.

She says she does not consider him a "credible source".

General Motors has placed 17 and a half million cars on recall this year for problems related to ignition switches.

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