GM’s Barra to testify at House panel hearing on safety recall

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before a congressional subcommittee April 1 about a widening safety recall that threatens to damage the automaker’s reputation following its emergence from bankruptcy.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which March 10 announced it would investigate GM’s recall of 1.6million vehicles because of an ignition-switch defect, said it wants to know if “this tragedy could have been prevented and what can be done to ensure the loss of life” doesn’t happen again.

GM has linked the defect to 12 deaths and 31 crashes in 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2003-07 Saturn Ions and several other pre-2008 models with the same ignition switch. The House committee is investigating why the recall happened just this year when indications of a problem stretched back to 2003.

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