The US House Power and Commerce Committee has set April 1 for its hearing into General Motors’; ongoing recall of roughly one.6 million vehicles above faulty ignition switches. Both GM CEO Mary Barra and Nationwide Highway Transportation Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman will testify.
The hearing’;s announcement states: “Their testimony is vital to understanding what the organization and NHTSA knew about the security issues, when they knew it, and what was accomplished about it.” It admits that the problems foremost to the recall predate the 2 Barra and Friedman taking their leadership positions, but it claims they are the ideal people to clarify what went incorrect. The committee is chaired by US Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) who was also portion of the federal investigation of the Ford-Firestone rollovers in 2000.
GM has been fighting bad public perception right after it came out that it allegedly knew about the flaw for years prior to the recall. In a press conference earlier this week, Barra stated that she learned about the investigation into the switches in late December of 2013, and identified out a fix would be necessary on January 31. The faulty part has been linked to 31 crashes and twelve deaths. NHTSA has also been criticized for not forcing action sooner.
A GM spokesperson told Automotive News that Barra “welcomes the opportunity to participate in the hearing as component of GM’;s work to cooperate with Congress and other authorities.” She also explained during the press conference that she would be prepared to testify. Scroll down to go through the US Residence Energy and Commerce Committee entire announcement.
March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan Residence Power and Commerce Committee leaders today announced that General Motors Business CEO Mary Barra will testify at an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, April one, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The committee has also invited National Highway Visitors Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman to testify on the exact same day.
“We look forward to hearing from the 2 Mary Barra and Administrator Friedman. Their testimony is essential to comprehending what the firm and NHTSA knew about the safety troubles, when they knew it, and what was carried out about it,” said complete committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA). “The difficulties originated lengthy prior to Barra and Friedman took the helms of their respective organizations, but their actions and input now, as our investigation proceeds, will be essential to obtaining solutions about what went incorrect. We want to know if this tragedy could have been prevented and what can be carried out to make certain the loss of life due to safety failures like this never come about once more.”
“I search forward to this hearing so we can uncover out from GM and NHTSA how this occurred and why these harmful vehicles were not fixed in a timely fashion,” explained complete committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO).
Extra hearing particulars, the Vast majority Memorandum, a witness listing, and witness testimony will be offered right here as they are posted.
BACKGROUND: The committee has opened a bipartisan investigation into the Common Motors Company’;s (GM) and NHTSA’;s response to customer complaints related to stalling, airbag non-deployment, and ignition switch problems. GM announced a recall in February covering over 1.6 million cars worldwide to right the difficulties, but reports indicate drivers very first complained of the security defects more than 10 many years ago. The firm has stated that the defects could have been linked to 31 frontal crashes and a dozen fatalities. Committee workers has now been briefed by both NHTSA and GM on the recalls, and currently awaits manufacturing of the paperwork and data requested final week.