General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra will testify on April 1 at a US congressional hearing regarding the company’s more than 10 years delay to recall vehicles with faulty ignition which might have caused 12 deaths.

David Friedman, the NHTSA Acting Administrator, is also scheduled to testify to Fred Upton, the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Their testimony is critical to understanding what the company and NHTSA knew about the safety problems, when they knew it, and what was done about it,” said Fred Upton.

“We want to know if this tragedy could have been prevented and what can be done to ensure the loss of life due to safety failures like this don’t happen again.”

Back in2001 GMbecame aware of the fact that the switches in some models could slip out of position and therefore cutting off the engine power. Mary Barra declared that she first found out about the analysis of the stalling vehicles several weeks before she was named CEO of the automaker and that on January 31 she was informed that the vehicles will be recalled.

“Mary welcomes the opportunity to participate in the hearing as part of GM’s effort to cooperate with Congress and other authorities,” Greg Martin, a GM spokesman, said in an e-mail.



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