At a Capitol Hill hearing initiated by a House of Representatives subcommittee on Tuesday, April 1, Mary Barra, the CEO for Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co., faced scrutiny over the recent recall of over 2 million vehicles. During the hearing, she apologized to the victims of the 13 fatal accidents that have been connected to GM vehicles’ ignition switch defect, and said she herself was not entirely sure as to why the company has failed to address the issue that was first discovered in 2010.
Barra made a vow that GM would provide measures to ensure that such a massive mistake will not happen again, saying, “If there’s a safety issue, we’re going to make the right change and accept that.”
Barra became GM’s CEO only this January.
GM announced to the public that new ignition switches would be made available starting April 7.
Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure that the design of their vehicles are safe and not defective. Thus, when they fail in this duty, they can be held liable for the ensuing consequences and losses that victims of an accident face. If you have been injured by an auto defect in Charleston, call our lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm at 843-720-2800 to discuss your legal options.