U.S. officials seek GM data
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over reams of documents and other data showing what the company knew and when it found out about a ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating how GM handled the problem, which triggered the recall of 1.6 million older-model compact cars. GM has acknowledged it knew of the ignition troubles a decade ago but didn’t recall the cars until last month.
In a 27-page order sent to GM Tuesday, the safety administration demanded pictures, memos, electronic communications, engineering drawings and other data to answer 107 questions. The reply, which must be signed under oath by a company officer, is due on April 3. GM spokesman Alan Adler said Wednesday that the company is cooperating.