DETROIT - General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.
GM says the new investigators will more than double the size of its current team, to 55.
The company is also dividing its global vehicle engineering organization into two sections. A product integrity section will oversee vehicle and engine engineering as well as safety, while a separate department will oversee parts engineering and advanced vehicle development.
GM's product development chief Mark Reuss says the changes were made to ensure that potential problems are spotted and handled more quickly.
The government is investigating why it took GM more than a decade to recall small cars with a defective ignition switch.