GM answers to congress for ignition recall, adds additional 1.3M to recall list
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:51:05 GMT —
CNN -- General Motors is in the spotlight as of late, and the spotlight is on the automaker's extensive recall list...now totalling nearly 3 million cars.
Today, General Motors' CEO Mary Barra will face tough questions from Congress about the automaker's faulty ignition switch, now linked to at least 13 deaths. The big questions being asked are, why did it take more than 10 years to reveal the problem? and will the victims' families be compensated?
In prepared testimony, Barra will say on April 1 that she is "deeply sorry", will repeat her promise to conduct a "thorough and unimpeded investigation", and say that "today's GM will do the right thing -- all starting with an apology to the victim's families.
On March 31, Randy Rademaker, along with about 20 other family members of victims, spent two hours with Barra.
"She said she was sorry to all of us and then we all got a chance to talk to her and tell her about our children that died," Rademaker said.
But now, after the apologies have ben made, the family members say they are expecting answers.
The faulty ignition switch causes the key to slip into Accessory mode and thereby cutting off the engine, the airbags, and power steering capabilities.
Additionally, the company announced on March 31 a 'new' round of recalls. This time, over concerns that power steering could fail on some Chevy, Saturn and Pontiac models dating back to 2004. That's 1.3 million more cars in addition to the 2.6 million already recalled for the faulty ignition switches.