TODAY   |  March 06, 2014

GM faces tough questions about recall

The National Highway Traffic Administration is ordering General Motors to provide answers on why it took so long to recall more than a million cars, even after more than a dozen people were killed. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>> natalie is here with concern about a car recall.

>> the national transportation safety board is ordering general motors to provide detailed answers about why it took so long to recall more than a million cars even after a dozen people were killed and allegedly knew about the problem a decade ago.

>> at least 31 crashes and 13 deaths have been learned to a faulty ignition system that shuts down suddenly. the last month gm announced a long list of recall, including certain model years of the chevrolet cobalt , saturn ion , chevrolet hhr , pontiac solstice . car makers are supposed to notify the government within five days if there's a major safety issue yet gm allegedly knew about the ignition switch problem since 2004 but failed to notify officials even after this accident. the national transportation safety board is demanding gm answer 107 questions business april 3rd and must provide internal memos and drawings and it's possible it face as $35 million fine. gm's new ceo is promising an unvarnished investigation. she said "while i deeply regret the circumstances that brought us to this point, gm has responded."

>> tom costello following the story in washington for us. thank