After last week General Motors CEO Mary Barra revealed the findings of a 325-page internal review on the handling of the 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches, the company revealed 15 people were ousted.
Now, the company’s first female Chief Executive, Mary Barra, announced that the automaker plans no further dismissals in relation to the handling of the problem, which came to light in February, although the company had knowledge of the issue for at least 11 years.
“We feel we’ve taken the appropriate actions as it relates to the ignition switch recall,” Barra told reporters on the sideline of the annual shareholders meeting.
The carmaker has been facing a huge public scandal, besides lawsuits and federal probes, for the mishandling of the 2.6 million cars – with the most prominent models being the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion – which claimed the lives of at least 13 persons, according to the company and with reports of the actual tally reaching a triple-digit.
The cars equipped with the defective ignition switch have been prone to trigger mid-driving an engine shutdown, which in turn leads to a critical safety hazard – the car loses the power steering, the power brakes and the airbags cease to function, failing to deploy in case of a collision.