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.
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…)