GM suspends 2 engineers over ignition switch recall

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General Motors Co. has suspended two engineers with pay for their part in the company’s long failure to recall Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars equipped with a defective ignition switch linked to 13 deaths, the automaker said Thursday.

GM chief executive Mary T. Barra said that two engineers had been placed on leave after a briefing from Anton Valukas, a former federal prosecutor leading an internal company investigation into circumstances leading to the recall. The statement did not name the engineers.

‘‘This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened,’’ Barra said in a statement. ‘‘It was a difficult decision, but I believe it is best for G.M.’’

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