Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Sunday, Jun 29 at 8:31 AM
A former manager at General Motors is partially blaming the company's corporate culture for delaying a recall for a faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths.
Certain GM employees apparently knew about the defect for more than a decade before the company recalled 2.6 million vehicles in February of this year. Former GM quality manager Bill McAleer says he found a variety of "catastrophic" defects starting in 1995. He claims after a couple of years the company refused to acknowledge any potential issues.
McAleer was laid off from GM in 2004. He tried to sue the company under a whistleblower lawsuit but was not successful.
GM has responded to his claims saying, “If McAleer's concerns were submitted by an employee today, they would be thoroughly investigated within the safety organization, however that is not to imply that in this particular case, his issues weren't."