Things are not looking great for General Motors and its ignition switch recall problem – the US Congress has started inquires concerning their recall that affected 1.6 million cars and is related to 13 deaths.
While the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is currently also investigating General Motors to see whether it complied to its rules and regulations when timing the recall, both are under scrutiny now from a panel led by House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton.
Upton said in letters sent to GM CEO Mary Barra and NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman: “There are several questions surrounding this latest recall and right now we are just looking for answers to determine what the company and NHTSA knew about these problems, when they knew it, and what they did about it.”
The committee has asked both GM and NHTSA to provide all information available by March 25. GM spokesman Greg Martin said the company is fully cooperating with both the NHTSA and now the federal investigation.
The recall involved in the matter has GM calling back cars to address a condition that might cause the engine and other components – including critical safety ones – to shut down while driving.