(CNN) — General Motors (GM) has agreed to pay a $35 million dollar fine for delays in reporting an ignition switch defect tied to 13 deaths, Federal Safety Regulators announced today. It is the maximum GM can be fined for a single violation. The automaker admitted that its employees knew of problems with the ignition switch as early as 2004.
However, the company did not start recalling the 2.6 million cars affected until February. The flaw caused some cars to shut off while driving, disabling airbags, anti-lock brakes and power steering. As part of the deal, the automaker agreed to make changes to its internal safety practices.
A senior law enforcement official said that General Motors could still face additional fines from a separate FBI probe.