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Federal regulators say GM knew about fatal flaw years before reporting it

General Motors knew about a fatal flaw in some of it's cars years earlier than previously reported.
  
A filing with federal safety regulators shows "GM" had discovered an ignition defect in some models back in 2001-- three years earlier than the carmaker previously disclosed.
   
Automakers are required to inform federal regulators of safety defects within five days of discovering them.

The filing does not make clear whether that issue is related to a defect that prompted a recall of over a million cars last month.
   
The issue is linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes over the past decade.
Both congress and the Justice Department are investigating.