US automaker General Motors recently announced that the company will recall 1.5 million vehicles and chief executive Mary Barra admitted the fact that the car maker did not manage to discover in time the faulty ignition switches and avoid 12 deaths.
“Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened,” said chief executive Mary Barra in a video message posted online. “GM is conducting an intense review of our internal processes and will have more developments to announce as we move forward.”
She added that the US carmaker has already begun to implement changes in dealing with the recalls and defect investigations.
Over the past two months the number of vehicles recalled by General Motors surpassed 3.1 million units. In February the company recalled 1.6 million units due to faulty ignition switches and responsible for the other recalls were some brake parts, airbag wiring harnesses and several other faulty components.
General Motors said it is willing to take a charge of $300 million during the first quarter, mainly to cover the costs for the faulty ignition switch recall and the other three recalls. Besides this GM also has to deal with class-action lawsuits and congressional hearings in Canada and the US and government criminal and civil investigations. All of these ask why the Detroit automaker took so long to fix a decade long problem, as the issue with the 2003-2007 Saturn Ion and the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt have first came into the company’s attention in 2001.