Well, Mary Barra, the industry’s first female CEO seems to have its hands full these days, as General Motors is experiencing a huge crisis – the ignition switch recall that saw 13 related deaths is a problem that keeps growing.
General Motors started its own investigation – bringing in the lawyer that investigated the 2008 Lehman Brothers crash – to see who is to blame for the delayed response and recall, the NHTSA is further investigating the company and the federal government decided to investigate both on the matter.
Now, a US Senate subcommittee announced plans to start a hearing in April in regards to the manufacturing problem, headed by senator Claire McCaskill.
“We have to get to the bottom of this,” McCaskill said in a statement. “We need to find out who dropped ball and put millions of Americans at risk.”
McCaskill, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s consumer protection subcommittee also said the hearing has the soul purpose of examining the way General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded when they discovered the malfunctioning ignition switches.
Just as a refresh – GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars (with no model still in production) produced between 2005-2007 to address a potential ignition switch malfunction that could inadvertently cause – while driving – the engine and critical safety systems to switch off.