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Reuters, Published April 10 2014

GM places 2 engineers on leave after ignition switch fiasco

General Motors Co said it had placed two engineers on paid leave as part of an investigation into defective ignition switches that led to a recall of 2.6 million cars.

"This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened," Chief Executive Mary Barra said in a statement.

At least 13 deaths in Saturn Ions, Chevrolet Cobalts and other car models have been linked to the faulty ignition switches, which can cause the engine to turn off suddenly, disabling the air bags and making steering and braking more difficult.