General Motors (GM) reassigned an executive who worked with federal safety regulators in the investigation of faulty ignition switches blamed for at least 13 fatalities and hundreds of millions of dollars in recall costs, Reuters reported.
The carmaker confirmed M. Carmen Benavides, director of field product investigations and evaluations, has been moved to a new role in the company’s safety group.
Benavides’ name is on many documents in which GM responded to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration inquiries, including several in the recall of the defective switches, Reuters said. She also received an email last summer in which a top NHTSA official called GM “slow to communicate” and “slow to act” on recalls, according to Reuters.
In afternoon trade, GM was up 1.68% to $34.80.
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