The New York Times has reported that General Motors executives predict the three-month internal investigation would see Chief Executive Mary Barra exonerated of implication in the ignition switch recall.
The February recall of 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches, issued by CEO Mary Barra, had the company probed by federal authorities, implicated in over 100 lawsuits and entrenched in a public scandal over the late timing of the call back – as internal officials knew of the problem since 2001.
Back in March, the executives decided to bring in two law firms, with the internal probe led by Jenner & Block Chairman Anton “Tony” Valukas, set to review the way the company handled the recall that is linked to at least 13 deaths.
With the internal review nearing completion, the probe is expected to finally shed light on the persons responsible – whether executives, employees or departments – for the late timing and issue advisements on corporate and personnel changes.
According to the newspaper, Barra has been briefed on the ongoing investigation progress, with the company clearing one of the federal probes – from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – after it agreed to pay the maximum possible $35 million fine.