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GM's CEO: 'We will do the right thing' for victims

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General Motors dismissed 15 employees as a result of the ignition switch recall investigation. (Source: CNN) General Motors dismissed 15 employees as a result of the ignition switch recall investigation. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The CEO of General Motors said 15 people had been dismissed over the car company's handling of faulty ignition switches.

GM admitted it discovered the ignition switch defect as early as 2004, but there was no recall until this year. The problem has been connected to at least 13 deaths.

CEO Mary Barra said there will be a compensation plan for the victims.

"First, we will do the right thing for those who were harmed," she said. "Second, we'll accept responsibility for our mistakes and commit to doing everything within our power to make sure this never happens again."

The recall included more than 2 million GM vehicles.

A GM source said the workers are leaving because of wrongdoing.

Barra also said the investigation showed there was no sense of urgency. However, she said there was not a conspiracy to cover it up.

She added GM will implement new procedures for handling safety issues, and there will likely be more recalls.

The company plans to start accepting claims Aug. 1.

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