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Latest General Motors Items
All the apologies in the world will never bring back those who died needlessly because of the faulty ignition switches on General Motors vehicles.
Rep. Lee Terry has issued an apology for his attempt at a joke to explain his tardiness to a congressional committee hearing held to question General Motors officials about faulty car ignition switches responsible for at least 13 deaths.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.
Perhaps GM really stands for "Gigantic Mistake" ("GM recall: Many victims were young drivers," Web, March 31). In the past month, General Motors has recalled about 4.8 million vehicles for a wide range of serious problems.
"That is not how GM does business."
Rep. Tim Murphy said Tuesday that both General Motors and the nation's highway safety body "messed up pretty bad" in failing to recall cars with an ignition-switch problem linked to more than a dozen deaths.
The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.
A contrite General Motors CEO Mary Barra apologized Tuesday for deaths caused by a major ignition defect in some of its most popular cars, but she had few answers for irate lawmakers who demanded to know why the company waited until this year to issue a recall when the problems had been going on for a decade.
Congress will press General Motors' new CEO at a hearing Tuesday about why GM sold cars with an ignition switch that failed to meet its own specifications, and then failed to heed the recommendations of engineers to fix the part.