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GM CEO Mary Barra to Testify to Congress About Ignition Recall

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/21/2014 Christian Seabaugh
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Recently appointed GM CEO Mary Barra is being called to testify to congress regarding GM's expansive ignition switch recall. Barra is set to appear before congress on April 1, where she'll likely be asked to explain why it took GM more than a decade to recall the 1.6 million vehicles affected by the ignition switch recall that's claimed at least 12 lives.

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Barra, along with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acting administrator David Friedman, will testify in front of Representative Fred Upton's (R-MI) Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, reports Bloomberg.© Provided by MotorTrend

GM first became aware of the ignition problems that would go on to affect the 2003- 2007 Saturn ION, 2005- 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Chevrolet HHR, and the 2006- 2007 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky back in 2001 during pre-production testing for the Saturn ION. Despite 31 crashes being linked to ignition switches that could suddenly turn off while the car is in motion, it took GM until January of this year to finally issue a recall.

Rep. Upton says that Barra and Friedman's testimonies will be "critical to understanding what [GM] and NHTSA knew about the safety problems, when they knew it, and what was done about it." The Michigan congressman said his ultimate goal was to learn from the recall, and prevent the loss of life from occurring again. Barra has said she first learned about the ignition switch issue in December before taking over as head of GM. © Provided by MotorTrend

Source: Bloomberg

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