According to a report coming from the New York Times, one of the engineers suspended by GM in relation to the 2.6 million cars ignition switch recall has told congressional investigators he forgot about a design change to the switch.
The GM engineer in question, Ray DeGiorgio, has disclosed the fact now during congressional enquiries about his deposition in a lawsuit that was settled last year, before the announcement and the ensuing public scandal of the defective ignition switch recall.
According to the sources quoted by the Times, which are familiar with the matter, DeGiorgio said that he forgot about the design change to the switch during his deposition last year and according to investigators offered no evidence that Chief Executive Mary Barra had prior knowledge of the problem before she took the highest position in the company.
The General Motors engineer, which has been on leave since April 10 after being accused of lying under oath during the trial in 2013, was the one responsible for designing the switch used since 2003 in Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and others – now linked to at least 13 fatalities.
Back in 2006 the switch underwent a design change but the part number remained the same, which confused services, suppliers and later the investigators that probed the crashes involving the cars now under the recall.