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General Motors working to fix defects in vehicles after recall


General Motors is working to assure buyers that it's moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks.

General Motors is recalling a million and a half vehicles, for possible faulty airbags and overheating brakes.
    "GM" says no injuries have been linked to the potential problems.

The head of GM says the new recalls are proof the company has learned from past mistakes.

GM is facing congressional and even criminal probes over it's handling of an ignition switch issue in some of it's vehicles.

The problem, linked to 12 deaths, caused cars to shut off while driving, disabling the airbags.

Documents reveal the company was aware of the problem at least nine years ago.
    But the recall was not issued until last month.    

Channel 3's Amber Southard spoke to a local engineer who  discovered the defect.

"Here at McSwain engineering the reason for that recall was discovered they say if your car keys are to heavy or you accidentally bump the key you can turn the car in to accessory disabling your air bags, power steering, and power breaks."

McSwain engineer Mark Hood investigated the ignition problem.

After he was contacted by a lawyer representing a family that just lost their daughter.

Pediatric nurse Brooke Melton, died in 2010, on her 29th birthday, in an accident involving a 2005  Cobalt.

According to law enforcement data from the car's "black box"  recorded the last three seconds before the crash.
    When the ignition failed, she lost control, skidded and was hit on the passenger side by another car.

GM wouldn't say whether Melton was one of  fatalities cited in the recall.
"In 2012 GM was at least aware of what we found when we tested the ignition switch from Brooke Meltons vehicle."

In September of 2012 Hood was enlisted to research the ignition what he discovered was a big deal for the case, causing millions of recalls.

Mark Hood said, "There is a spring loaded plunger inside this switch and that's what holds the switch in the run position during operation. The plunger assembly in the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt is to short and it allows the  switch to rotate."

Since then a new replacement switch has been added to the vehicles recalled.
GM did settled in the Brooke Melton case.