General Motors (GM) engineer Ray DeGiorgio testified that last year he forgot to order a change to the faulty ignition switch, which has resulted in the large recall on numerous GM models in recent months.
DeGiorgio was suspended by GM on April 10, and had designed the switch for the 2003 Saturn Ion and other models. In a deposition this past year relating to a fatal 2010 crash in Georgia, DeGiorgio testified to congressional investigators that he had forgotten about the change since it was part of a package of changes. However, an internal GM document has surfaced showing DeGiorgio signing off on the change in April 2006.
GM has so far linked 13 fatalities relating to accidents with the switch malfunction.