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GM's Barra says she'll likely testify before Congress; internal inquiry could last months
Automotive News
March 18, 2014
by Mike Colias

DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that she's likely to testify personally before congressional committees looking into GM's handling of an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to 12 deaths, and said the company's own investigation could take a few months.

In a meeting with journalists today, Barra again apologized for GM's handling of the problem, which triggered a recall last month, and vowed better vigilance on safety to prevent future defects from going unfixed. GM has acknowledged that some engineers knew about the ignition problem for more than a decade before the recall, which has grown to include 1.37 million U.S. cars, spanning model years 2003 to 2007.

"Our goal is to make sure that something like this never happens again," Barra said in her first public comments since the recall was announced Feb. 13.

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They were reporting on the news today, that she found out Jan 31st, roughly 2 weeks after taking the top spot.

I also heard, that because of GM's Bankruptcy, they likely would be held liable for civil cases, (but likely to privately settle on a case-by-case basis) however the Bankruptcy wouldn't shield them from possible criminal cases.
 

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Re: GM issues 4 more recalls

GM can’t get a break. I was watching ‘Failure to Recall: GM’ on cable last night, aired for the first time, and it was so incredibly negative for them. Probably on YouTube by now. What hurts most, is that they did it mostly to themselves. It was not a Perfect Storm they went through, but in fact their fault. Many will see it that way anyway, and their image is so damaged it will probably take years to recover, not months. And the effects in sales have not really been felt yet, but they will. Unless GM stirs up another fire sale when things get real bad.
 

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GM is going to be fine. NHTSA dropped the ball on the recalls as much as GM did, GM decided to respond by turning every service bulletin into a recall because they really do want to come clean, and they learned from their time being run by the Feds that there's nobody in their organization that can be as corrupt as the Feds. It's unfortunate that people died, but they died due to a chain-reaction of events, not some blatant design flaw (ie. exploding gas tanks). This is why NHTSA themselves were probably so slow on the draw-a recurring trend with certain folks as far as this topic is concerned.
 

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Re: GM issues 4 more recalls

just my impression (not following this very closely) is that it's gotten to point of being NUMB to further GM recalls
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I sincerely hope there's prison time for pre-MaryBarra execs
(as opposed to eventual executions for 2008 bankers)
That's why I have always been against bailouts for 'too-big-to-fail' organizations. People must experience the consequences of their horrible actions, so none of this crap will ever happen again.

Also, I wouldn't say Barra (the GM lifer) is innocent just yet.
 

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That's why I have always been against bailouts for 'too-big-to-fail' organizations. People must experience the consequences of their horrible actions, so none of this crap will ever happen again.

Also, I wouldn't say Barra (the GM lifer) is innocent just yet.

So you are OK with tens of thousands of families suddenly losing their livelihood, future investments, deeper depression for the nation, untold suffering, etc......just to teach a lesson to a few execs?
 

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So you are OK with tens of thousands of families suddenly losing their livelihood, future investments, deeper depression for the nation, untold suffering, etc......just to teach a lesson to a few execs?
It's going to happen anyway when the Federal Government defaults on its debt.
 

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The old GM still haunts Mary Barra, Mark Reuss - FreePress
Mark Phelan
June 6, 2014


The unfolding horror of the ignition switch crisis is a bitter pill for engineers and GM lifers like CEO Mary Barra and global product chief Mark Reuss, who chafed under the old cost-driven culture that created so many mediocre and poor vehicles. The two engineers knew they had a chance for a fresh start for GM after bankruptcy.

“We got professional at rationalizing” why GM’s vehicles weren’t better, Reuss told me last year, months before the current crisis. “That was humiliating to us as engineers. We knew we could do better.”

He and Barra worked side by side in those days and believed they had turned the corner when Consumer Reports chief of automotive testing declared last year: “The new vehicles GM has introduced post-bankruptcy have been hits. Clearly, car people are now in charge.”...

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