Former General Motors executives and Delphi Automotive former employees might be called by US lawmakers to testify in the automaker’s lawsuit regarding the recall of 1.6 million vehicles.
“We’re not ruling anything out,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton.
The US lawmaker might call former GM executives and CEOs, as well as Delphi officials and employees who might be connected and have important information regarding the recall and the faulty ignition switch issue. GM CEO Mary Barra will testify on April 1 at the maiden congressional hearing. Another important person who is expected to be at the House hearing is NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman.
Reuters/Ipsos have recently conducted a poll, March 21-25, which has showed that 67% of the respondents said that the federal government should strengthen the auto safety regulation. The new hearings are thought to be connected to the poll’s results.
Senator Claire McCaskill is also scheduled to hold hearings at the beginning of April. He said that anyone could be called to testify, including former GM executives, and that the federal regulators will also be closely looked upon in the following hearings.
“One of my biggest focuses is on NHTSA,” McCaskill said.
“What did they know, when did they know it, why didn’t they know more?”
According to Reuters, faulty ignition switches are linked to 12 deaths and 31 crashes.