General Motors is facing probes from almost all possible federal authority on its mishandling of a recall for 2.6 million cars equipped with a defective ignition switch.
The No.1 US automaker has issued in February the recall for the defective cars, mainly older modes – most prominent being the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion – with the affected models linked so far to at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths. The carmaker has been under fire from federal authorities because it failed to issue the call back on the faulty part at least for a decade.
Facing numerous lawsuits and probes over the matter, the company has also come under fire from the US Congress. While so far the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has been doing the grilling, it’s time for another Senate panel to come into play with its own, separate investigation on the matter.
Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee announced its second hearing on the probe against General Motors for the mishandling of the defect – which subsequently has been found in many more millions of cars – including brand new ones – lifting the fatality tally so far to 16.
The hearing will be held by a consumer protection and product safety subcommittee on July 17, but so far has not announced yet who will be called to testify as witness.