GM's Real Problem: Too Many Meetings, Too Much Nodding

At 325 pages, the General Motors report on its recall disaster reads more like the script of Office Space than some corporate thriller. The company’s fatal ignition switch problems weren’t kept secret by conniving executives bent on saving money, according to the third-party probe released Thursday. Engineers knew the switches were faulty from the start, and GM’s product-testing folks replicated the problem time and again. Journalists wrote about it, police filed accident reports, and GM lawyers mulled the implication as far back as 2006.

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