Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Congress Seeks Answers on Delay in GM Recall

 Congress is demanding answers from the new CEO of General Motors and the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog about why it took at least a decade to recall cars with a defective part that is now linked to 13 deaths.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra prepares to testify before the full House Energy and Commerce committee
General Motors CEO Mary Barra prepares to testify before the full House Energy and Commerce committee (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, held up an ignition switch for one of the cars and said a small spring inside of it failed to provide enough force, causing the car engines to turn off when they went over a bump. DeGette showed how easy it was for a light set of keys to move the ignition out of the “run” position. That can cause the engine to stall, and the driver loses power steering and power brakes.

DeGette said documents provided by GM show that what GM termed an “unacceptable cost increase” was only 57 cents. She asked that document be put into record.

“We know that GM made a series of terrible decisions, and we know that this tragedy has exposed significant gaps in federal law that allowed them to do so,” DeGette said.

GM CEO Mary Barra sat silently at a table in front of the committee. David Friedman, the current head of the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was also testifying before the committee.

GM has recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty switch. The company says new switches should be available starting April 7. Concerned owners can ask dealers for a loaner car while waiting for the replacement part.

Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan, said GM and government regulators got complaints about the ignition switches 10 years ago, and GM submitted reports to the agency. Upton questioned why it took so long to recall the cars.

Some current GM car owners and relatives of those who died in crashes are also in Washington seeking answers to that question. The group is attending the hearing and earlier held a press conference where they demanded action against GM and stiffer legislation to prevent serious auto vehicle problems.

 


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!