Documents released in an investigation into an ignition switch flaw on some General Motors Co. cars have shed new light on the government’s decision not to act even as evidence of the fault now linked to 13 deaths was building.
General Motors Co., in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.
General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra fielded pointed questions and accusations from U.S. senators, with one saying GM had a “culture of coverup” and another predicting it may face criminal liability.
General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra told a U.S. House committee that the automaker still doesn’t have all the answers that might explain why it waited a dozen years to fix a flaw linked to 13 deaths.
Higher fines and jail time are being considered by U.S. lawmakers who grilled General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra over why it took years to recall 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches.
The pressure on General Motors Co. is mounting as Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra prepares to testify before Congress at 2 p.m. about why the automaker waited more than a decade to recall cars linked to 13 deaths.
General Motors Co., after months of studying ignition-switch failures in the Chevrolet Cobalt, canceled a proposed fix in 2005, when a project engineering manager cited high tooling costs and piece prices, according to documents obtained by U.S. congressional investigators.