A Senate subcommittee chairwoman today demanded to know who at General Motors may have been informed last April when a company engineer said he knew of no change being made to now-recalled ignition switches even though he apparently signed off on it himself.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo,. a former prosecutor and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, battered GM CEO Mary Barra in her second day of testimony before Congress with questions about why the company did not act sooner to recall defective vehicles.
Barra has been called to explain why GM didn’t react to red flags dating back to 2001 that Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar vehicles had faulty ignitions. The company has recalled 2.2 million vehicles in the last two months, saying if those ignitions are jostled out of position, it could result in air bags not deploying in the event of a crash.