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General Motors' legal chief to retire next year

In this file photo, Executive vice president and general counsel at the General Motors Company Michael Millikin (L), and CEO of the General Motors Company Mary Barra (R) testify during a hearing before the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 17, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Millikin, who faced criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, will retire early next year.
In this file photo, Executive vice president and general counsel at the General Motors Company Michael Millikin (L), and CEO of the General Motors Company Mary Barra (R) testify during a hearing before the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 17, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Millikin, who faced criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, will retire early next year.
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General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year.

GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the job.

During a July Senate hearing on the delayed recall of small cars with faulty switches, lawmakers demanded that Millikin be fired. One senator called the failure of GM's legal department "stunning." Millikin said he didn't learn of the problem until this year.

At least 27 people died in crashes linked to the switches. GM has admitted knowing about them a decade ago, yet it didn't recall the cars until this year.

CEO Mary Barra praised Millikin as a man of impeccable integrity and unwavering loyalty.