WASHINGTON May 16 The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration's top official on Friday said there was no
information that General Motors Co's Chief Executive Mary
Barra knew about faulty ignition switches in some of the
But other GM employees, from engineers to executives, were
aware of the problem, acting administrator David Friedman told
reporters at a news conference after U.S. transportation
officials announced a $35 million penalty against the automaker.
"Their process was broken," Friedman said, adding that the
company's recall problems were due to several factors.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Susan Heavey, Editing
by Franklin Paul)