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GM Recalls 8.45 Million More Vehicles to Set U.S. Record

General Motors Co. recalled 8.45 million more vehicles yesterday and surpassed the record for U.S. safety fixes by an automaker in a calendar year, as Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra steps up efforts to shed the automaker’s reputation for foot-dragging on defective parts.

The announcement yesterday came less than four hours after Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer behind the 9/11 victim funds, finished announcing terms of a broad plan for GM to compensate victims of an earlier ignition recall of 2.59 million small cars. Those cars’ faults, linked to at least 13 deaths, ignited a crisis for the automaker that’s led to a reorganization of its engineering department, the ouster of 15 people, testy congressional hearings and a reexamination of past vehicles for safety problems.