A special fund was established to compensate victims of the ignition switch defect. Automakers must to act more quickly and comprehensively to recall vehicles with potentially dangerous defects. GM also recalled more than 30 million vehicles in North America in 2014 to fix a wide array of defects. Engineers and managers at Detroit-based GM learned of problems with the ignition switch more than a decade ago, but the first recalls began only in February 2014. GM is facing more than 200 civil lawsuits over the ignition switch and other safety recalls from 2014.