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(WJBK) - The House Energy and Commerce committee has been reviewing more than 250,000 documents from General Motors and the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.

Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the initial documents show failures in the GM system and that the company seemed to put cost first and safety second.

But bringing much attention are emails that have been released. One is from a former global vehicle program manager at GM sent to current CEO Mary Barra.

It contains a news report about a NTHSA probe into steering problems in Saturn Ions and was sent to Barra with this message:

"Mary, during the initial Cobalt case, the Ion data did not justify being included. This situation has been evolving. We will meet and understand the latest. FYI."

The email was sent in October 2011.

In testimony this month, Barra said she knew nothing about faulty ignitions or problems with these vehicles until January of this year, after she became CEO.

There is no immediate indication in the documents released today that she responded to the email or even saw it.

Friday afternoon, General Motors said the memo references a different issue and does not contradict Barra’s testimony before Congress, in which she said she knew nothing about the ignition recall until January of this year.

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