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GM Ordered New Switches Long Before Recall

WARREN, MI - JUNE 5:  A General Motors logo is shown at the General Motors Technical Center, where today Chief Executive Offi
WARREN, MI - JUNE 5: A General Motors logo is shown at the General Motors Technical Center, where today Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra held a press conference on June 5, 2014 in Warren, Michigan. Barra spoke to provide an update on GM's internal investigation into the ignition switch recall at the General Motors Technical Center. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches to fix Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators to the problem, according to emails viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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