General Motors, plagued by the public scandal surrounding its mishandling and very late recall of 2.6 million cars equipped with faulty ignition switches, will assume a new way of thinking for the GM business when she testifies in front of the US Congress.
GM’s first female chief executive, named just before the safety fiasco started, according to her written testimony that would be presented later today in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, will present the steps made by the No.1 US automaker to address corporate flaws and make safety defects a priority.
“I know some of you are wondering about my commitment to solve the deep underlying cultural problems uncovered,” Barra said in prepared remarks. “I will not rest until these problems are resolved. As I told our employees, I am not afraid of the truth. And I am not going to accept business as usual at GM.”
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and his assisting lawmaker also plan to question Anton Valukas, the former US attorney that led the outside investigation on the mishandling of the ignition switch defect and recall. The congress committee will also pose further questions on why of the affected 2.6 million cars only around 155,000 have so far been repaired. There are also questions raised around the recall tally from Gm – which has exceeded 20 million vehicles, with the lawmakers wondering if this is a sign the effort to address safety concerns is working or a signal that problems are way deeper than thought.