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GM CEO answers questions at Congressional hearing

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(04/01/14) - Congress has some questions for GM's new CEO, and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog.

Mary Barra will be answering tough questions Tuesday afternoon when she sits down at a Congressional hearing.

She's been the GM CEO says January. She has faced a buzzsaw of recalls and allegations that GM put profits above driver safety.

Lawmakers want to know why it took years for GM to recall millions of small cars with a defective ignition switch, even though the company knew of the problem as early as 2001. The defect is linked to 13 deaths.

Barra is expected to apologize for the loss of life, but she may try to limit her answers to questions, citing an ongoing internal review and government investigations.

In written testimony, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month.

Tuesday morning, four people who lost loved ones in crashes blamed on the faulty ignition switch held a news conference in Washington to talk about the grief they are feeling.

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