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GM emails show ignition parts ordered weeks before recall

In a development that may be of interest to Minnesota residents who own General Motors vehicles, new emails have surfaced that show the Detroit automaker was ordering parts to fix its faulty ignition switch in December 2013, nearly two months before it publicly announced the part's recall. The newly uncovered emails detail GM's efforts to quickly obtain at least 500,000 replacement switches from Delphi Automotive weeks before it officially recalled the ignitions, which have been linked to 32 fatalities. This could be significant because federal law requires automakers to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of safety defects within five days. GM announced the recall on Jan. 31, 2014, and notified the NHTSA on Feb. 7.

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