GM has fixed over 150,000 recalled cars with faulty ignition switch

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 18, 2014

General Motors has so far fixed 154,731 of the 2.59 million recalled vehicles for faulty ignition switches, according to a memo released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The carmaker already shipped 396,253 repair kits globally, the committee said, adding that GM is expecting all the repair parts to be manufactured by Oct. 4.

GM chief executive Mary Barra was bound to make her return to the Capitol Hill on Wednesday to answer questions on why the carmaker waited a decade before making the recall. The faulty ignition switches, tied to 13 deaths, can be shifted out of position that could make the airbags fail to deploy.

Barra would be accompanied by former US attorney Anton Valukas, who led an internal investigation into what happened. The Valukas report concluded that for over decade, several employees had opportunities to fix the faulty ignition switch.

The House memo said that the lawmakers will question why the carmaker used an ignition switch that failed to meet its standards and why employees failed to stalling a safety issue.

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