GM CEO Mary Barra met with House members to discuss recall probe

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 22, 2014

Mary Barra, chief executive of General Motors, has met with some members of the United States Congress in Washington to talk about the carmaker’s faulty ignition switch recall. One of those lawmakers was Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who chairs a subcommittee probing the carmaker’s handling of the faulty ignition switches and the recall.

McCaskill was responsible for asking some of the most pointed questions to Barra during her appearance before the panel in April. Barra’s visit to House members was first reported by The Detroit News. Barra also visited Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as other lawmakers weeks ago, The News reported.

House and Senate committees as well as the US Department of Justice and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are probing why GM waited for over a decade before recalling cars with a faulty ignition switch that the carmaker has tied to 13 deaths.

Barra has promised lawmakers during the hearings that she would come back to brief them on the findings of GM internal probe over the matter. GM has tapped Jenner & Block Chairman Anton Valukas to lead the probe and expects the team to complete their work within a few weeks.

GM spokesman Greg Martin has confirmed Barra’s visit to the lawmakers. Martin disclosed that since sitting as GM’s new CEO, Barra has made visits to congressional members to talk about issues that are important to them.

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