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GM, Barra Thrashed by Senate Subcommittee

CEO says she’d let son drive unrepaired vehicle.

by on Apr.02, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra testified before a Senate subcommittee today. She agreed to come back after the company's investigation is complete.

Facing an aggressive group of U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra clung to many of the responses she gave to a similar House subcommittee yesterday during testimony about the recall of more than 2.5 million vehicles for a faulty ignition switch.

Members of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance were in attack mode while questioning Barra accusing GM of engaging in a cover up of the faulty part, while others asked Barra how the company could ever be trusted again by the American public and if the vehicles shouldn’t be taken off the roads.

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Barra remained composed throughout the hearing, which lasted more than two hours. In her opening statement, Barra reiterated her stance that today’s GM is a different company than the one that more than a decade ago compromised customer safety when it allowed a below-spec part to be used in its ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes. (more…)

GM Adds Millions of Vehicles to Recall List

Latest announcements come as CEO Barra prepares to face Congress.

by on Mar.31, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra will face two days of hearings on Capitol Hill this week.

Even as General Motors prepares for what is likely to be a tough grilling on Capitol Hill later this week, the automaker has been rapidly expanding the list of vehicles covered under a variety of safety-related recalls.

That includes not only another 971,000 added to the list of products covered by a deadly ignition switch problem but 172,000 newer Chevrolet Cruze sedans as well as 490,000 full-size Chevy and GMC pickups and sport-utility vehicles.  Even the maker’s new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid has been targeted by a new service action, albeit in relatively miniscule numbers.

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The flood of safety-related problems could lead to an even tougher grilling when Barra, GM’s first female chief executive sits down in front of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to explain the maker’s response to an ignition switch problem so far linked to at least 12 deaths and 31 crashes.

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