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Fatal flaw born as GM cut costs

Firm’s culture of counting pennies, squeezing suppliers faulted

Posted: March 22, 2014 at 6:05 a.m.

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, file photo, the Chevy Cobalt moves on the assembly line at the Lordstown Assembly Plant Thursday Aug. 21, 2008. in Lordstown, Ohio. Toyotas saga of recalls, investigations and lawsuits related to unintended acceleration foreshadows some of what General Motors faces as it resolves issues related to a faulty ignition switch linked to at least 12 deaths (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

DETROIT — The cars at the center of General Motors Co.’s February recall were still on the drawing board when a top engineer gathered more than a dozen managers and told them to build them for less.

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