GM avoids words that could attract attention

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In an internal investigation made public Thursday, we learned GM employees had a practice of avoiding words that could attract attention from federal regulators.

For instance, an initial draft of a bulletin on the ignition problem said the cars could “stall.”

But the actual bulletin sent to dealers didn’t have the word stall.

Instead, it advised dealers of the, quote, “potential for the driver to inadvertently turn off the ignition due to low ignition key cylinder torque/effort.” The report also said employees were fearful of reporting problems.

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