General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that the company's employees are galvanized by the findings of its internal investigation into a deadly defect that exposed "incompetence" and a troubled corporate culture.
"They are absolutely owning the report," Barra said of the 325-page report released last week by outside attorney Anton Valukas on a GM ignition switch defect in 2.6 million small cars, which GM has linked to 13 deaths. His investigation found no corporate cover-up but blamed incompetence and a plodding GM culture for letting the problem fester for more than a decade.
The investigation cleared Barra and her top executives of wrongdoing but led to the ouster of 15 employees. Of those, 11 names have been reported by news organizations. Barra said no more dismissals are anticipated.