WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2014) — The CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, is expected to apologize on Tuesday for the pain caused by faulty ignition switches, in testimony before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
In testimony posted on the committee’s website on Monday, Barra said she does not yet have answers to why GM took more than 10 years to catch the faulty switch.
“More than a decade ago, GM embarked on a small car program,” says Barra in the expected testimony. “Sitting here today, I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out.”
She goes on to discuss the defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, and mentions that she has asked its supplier to boost production of replacement parts to speed the recall.
Barra is expected to face some tough questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, headed by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI). According to CNN, GM has not told families of the deceased that their family members’ fatal crash is tied to the problem. Federal safety investigators have ordered the automaker to turn over additional information on the recall, including details of every related accident, injury or fatality, by April 3.
The initial recall had to do with a faulty ignition switch and has now expanded to include all model years of the following:
- Chevrolet Cobalt
- Chevrolet HHR
- Pontiac G5
- Pontiac Solstice
- Saturn Ion
- Saturn Sky
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