The CBS Evening News reported that General Motorsâ€™ new CEO May Barra apologized Tuesday â€œfor the companyâ€™s failure to recall more than one point five million vehicles until years after it learned of a deadly defect.â€ CBS (Axelrod) added that Barra â€œadmitted the company took too long to issue the recall saying, â€˜I am very sorry for the loss of life that occurred and we will take every step to make sure this never happens again.â€™â€ CBS notes that while GM â€œhas admitted to knowing that faulty ignition switches could cause engines to shut down and power steering and airbags not to workâ€ it did not issue a recall for 13 years. Congressional hearings â€œare expected to be held some time in the next few weeks,â€ and Barra â€œplans to testify.â€
NBC Nightly News reported that much of the controversy â€œcenters on how the company quietly changed the design of a flawed ignition switch.â€ NBC added that Federal regulators â€œare formally demanding answers. Who signed off on the change and why they werenâ€™t notified.â€ NBC added that â€œthereâ€™s a federal criminal investigation underway, and congressional hearings are being planned for next month.â€ Barra â€œreiterated the company is cooperating fully with regulators.â€
A front-page story in the New York Times reports that Barra â€œsought to restore some measure of confidence in the companyâ€™s new leadership, starting with herself,â€ and notes that her â€œperformance was a marked departure from the norm in the auto industry, where corporate chiefs routinely avoid talking about recalls unless subpoenaed by Congress.â€ The Times notes that the recall controversy â€œis both an opportunity and a riskâ€ for Barra, and her â€œstraightforward strategy will be severely tested in the weeks ahead, as federal regulators and other government officials press for details on why G.M. waited years to reveal that ignition switches in its small cars could, if bumped or weighed down by a heavy key ring, cut off engine power and disable air bags.â€
The Wall Street Journal reports that at a news conference Tuesday, Barra said, â€œClearly this took too long. There have been times when the [recall] process has worked very quickly but in this instance, it took too long, and that is my concern, and that is why I want to understand what happened.â€ The Journal notes that the Justice Department, the NHTSA, and House and Senate committees are investigating how GM handled the recall.
The Los Angeles Times reports that GM appointed a vehicle safety chief, Jeff Boyer, on Tuesday. Boyer â€œwill oversee the development of GM vehicle safety systems, safety performance and recalls.â€ Barra explained, â€œThis new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.â€
We believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldnâ€™t require more hardship. Thatâ€™s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. If you or a loved one has been affected by this recall, and you believe it caused an injury, contact Chhabra & Gibbs today by going to www.cglawms.com or by calling this number: 601-948-8005.