General Motors failed to change the defective ignition switches because the cost of the replacement was too high! How high? Just 57 cent, according to official documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers.
‘I am deeply sorry,’ GM CEO Barra said at the beginning of the hearing.
Today, we have at least 13 deaths and a recall that is going up day by day. Since February, General Motors has recalled more than 2.5 million vehicles.
“The company continued to sell cars knowing they were unsafe,” Democrat Diana DeGette said. “We’re going to get to the bottom of this.”
Seconds after Barra said “this is totally unacceptable – that is not the way we run this company today”.
General Motors said the company first became aware of the problem in 2001, before the Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other models involved in the recall were even manufactured.
Delphi Automotive, the company which supplied the parts, said that GM accepted the ignition switches which caused the recalls even if the management knew they did not meet specifications.
This information raises more questions about why NHTSA and GM did not act faster to address this decade-long issue.
Beginning with 2005 federal regulators have received hundreds of complaints regarding this issue, but an investigation has been ordered only when a 16 years old girl died when her Cobalt’s air bags did not deploy.
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to establish who is to blame for at least 13 GM auto-related deaths.