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GM chief deflects amid new revelations on ignitions

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WASHINGTON — In her first head-on questioning from Congress, General Motors’ new chief executive, Mary Barra, sought Tuesday to quell a furor over the automaker’s failure for over a decade to fix defective ignition switches blamed for contributing to 13 fatalities in 31 frontal crashes.

She apologized to victims’ families and promised to “do the right thing” both legally and morally.

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