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.
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.