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Paying fine won't end GM's woes over faulty switches

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2006 ignition GM ignition switch and a newer version. Reuters/Michael Spooneybarger
2006 ignition GM ignition switch and a newer version. Reuters/Michael Spooneybarger

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Auto analysts say General Motors still faces a lot of problems and expenses because of those faulty ignition switches, over and above the 35-million dollar fine, the largest allowed which was levied on Friday.

Congress is threatening to increase the maximum on fines the Transportation Department can demand, saying for GM, 35-million dollars is a parking ticket.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says the Justice Department has not yet levied sanctions in the case, and they don’t have those restrictions to worry about.

Then there are the civil lawsuits, which could take years to litigate, unless GM can come up with an acceptable compensation plan.

One of the documents turned up in the multiple GM probes, and just released is a training manual from 2008 with a banned words list.

It includes 68 words that should never be used in describing cars or parts or in evaluating performance, because they could trigger recalls.

Simple words like ‘defect’ and ‘bad’ are on the list.

Engineers were also told not to use descriptive words like ‘terrifying’ and ‘horrific’.

Also very definitely banned were such descriptive comparisons as ‘deathtrap’, ‘Hindenburg’ and ‘widow maker’.

Apparently such policies are common in big firms that have faced lawsuits.

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