General Motors announced Thursday that it had dismissed 15 employees and disciplined five others in the wake of an internal probe into the 10-year delay in recalling cars tied to at least 13 deaths, NBC News reported. CEO Mary Barra told employees at a town hall meeting Thursday that an internal report had uncovered “a pattern of incompetence and neglect.” Among those fired were Ray DeGiorgio, the lead design engineer for the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch. William Kemp, a senior lawyer who was responsible for safety issues within its legal department, was also fired, a source within GM confirmed to NBC News.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses employees at the automaker's vehicle engineering center in Warren, Mich., Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 Updated at 3:02 PM EDT