Lawmakers put Barra on the spot, telling the CEO she should have fired GM’s corporate counsel, Michael Millikin, based on the conclusions of an internal report.
The switches, though, were too loose, touching off events that led to at least 13 deaths, more than 50 crashes and a raft of legal trouble for the Detroit automaker.
The 2005 email, unearthed in April during a company wide review of ignition-switch problems, is more evidence that GM knew about safety problems for years but failed to recall troubled cars until recently.
General Motors is recalling at least 7.6 million more vehicles dating back to 1997 to fix faulty ignition switches as the company’s safety crisis continues to grow.
Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren’t shying away from GM models — even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.
Federal investigators want to know whether some Chrysler cars have a dangerous ignition switch problem.
A woman who pleaded guilty to a criminal charge in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance is suing General Motors Co.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee want to question General Motors CEO Mary Barra again about the automaker’s ignition switch recall.
By GM’s admission, the defective switches caused over 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths. Yet inside the auto giant, no one saw it as a safety problem. For 11 years.
“A GM engineer chose to use an ignition switch in certain cars that was so far below GM’s own specification that it failed to keep the car powered on …”