Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch

April 7, 2014 7:05 PM

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch
" WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.

Panel members also told Barra that GM should tell owners to stop driving all the 2.6 million cars being recalled for the faulty switch until they are repaired. GM is currently telling owners that the cars, mainly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions, are fine to drive as long as nothing is placed on the key chain.

As she did Tuesday at a House hearing, Barra said many details Congress is seeking will come out in an internal GM investigation that should be completed in 45 to 60 days. She also tried to assure lawmakers that GM is now more focused on safety and the consumer. Many senators were disappointed and not convinced.

“You don’t know anything about anything,” said Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “If this is the new GM leadership, it’s pretty lacking.”

The questioning from the Senators was more aggressive, with many focused on the ignition switch, namely how GM approved a replacement in 2006 but never changed the part number "

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