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For about two years, General Motors engineer Brian Stouffer tried to figure out why faulty ignition switches now linked to at least 13 deaths were causing cars to stall.

His quest was thwarted by uncooperative colleagues, inaccurate data and a rotating cast of managers.

Newly released company records depict a low-level engineer struggling to find answers at an automaker in the throes of rebuilding after a 2009 bankruptcy. His bosses on the assignment changed three times in about a year, and he found himself stymied because another engineer had ordered a fix years earlier without the usual paperwork -- helping explain why GM took more than a decade to come clean about the defect and recall 2.59 million vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cobalt.



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GM Documents Show Engineer Rang Alarm Over Ignition Switch Issue However It Fell On Deaf Ears

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