General Motors has appointed a new vehicle safety chief who will be responsible for heading off issues like the recent recall caused by faulty ignition switches.
The latter are linked to 12 deaths and the recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles.
The new vice president of global vehicle safety is Jeff Boyer, a GM veteran who has worked for the company for more than 40 years, with his latest position being director of engineering operations and systems development. The carmaker said Boyer’s responsibilities will be “to quickly identify and resolve product safety issues,” including handling recalls.
One of Boyer’s duties will be to provide frequent updates on vehicle safety to GM CEO Mary Barra, senior management and the board of directors.
“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them,” said Mary Barra.
GM has recalled more than 3.3 million vehicles globally in the last two months, following the announcement on March 17 of three new recalls affecting 1.75 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the carmaker would take a $300 million charge in the first quarter to cover the costs related to the ignition-switch recall and the three new recalls.