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GM ignition switch scandal unlikely to spur safety reforms
GM ignition switch scandal unlikely to spur safety reforms

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has made several trips to testify before Congress, most recently this month, about her company's defective ignition switches. The biggest headline-grabbing moment was her apology for the company's apparent 10-year coverup of the lethal problems. Hovering over Barra was the ghost of another momentous GM mea culpa, delivered to Congress nearly half a century ago. On March 22, 1966, GM President James Roche admitted in a Senate hearing that the giant automaker had hired private detectives to follow and harass a young safety advocate, Ralph Nader, who had exposed defects in GM cars. In words of remorse strikingly similar to those Barra...

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