GM CEO says an engineer may have lied about the defective ignition switch image

Marry Barra, GM’s CEO, acknowledged during the second day of the US Senate hearing that GM ignition switch engineer Ray DeGiorgio might have lied under oath about his role in solving the ignition switch problem.

DeGiorgio, who is still working for General Motors, in an April 29, 2013 testimony in a Georgia lawsuit talked about his work with the ignition switch now blamed for at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes.

DeGiorgio was asked if he signed any authorization for a redesigned switch (back in 2006) and he said he did not recall doing so and the system would have prompted such a change. Now, a document released by the House Democrats actually showed he signed of in April 2006.

“You know that he lied under oath,” said McCaskill during the hearing.

GM’s CEO, Mary Barra admitted to the discrepancy but said she still wants to wait for the full investigation to complete. She also several times acknowledged that DeGiorgio’s failure was “wrong” and “totally unacceptable.”

Because on the redesigned switch GM did not change the part number, the dealers replacing them or the parts distributors also had problems distinguishing the old from the new parts. GM extended its ignition switch recall from less than 1 million to 1.3 million and now more than 2.5 million units from model years 2003 through 2010.