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GM CEO testifies before Congress about delayed recall

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(04/01/14) - GM CEO Mary Barra testifies before a congressional committee that she is making big changes in the way the automaker is handling safety issues.

Barra was called to Washington after Congress learned GM knew for the past 12 years there was an ignition switch problem that resulted in deadly crashes. Barra told the committee she has made big changes since taking the helm in January.
"Today's GM will do the right thing. That begins with my sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by this recall, especially the family and friends who lost their lives or were injured. I am deeply sorry," Barra said.

The panel was not happy GM hid the safety issue from the public for all those years and wanted Barra to explain how that happened.

"Sitting here today I cannot tell you why it took so long for a safety defect to be announced for the program, but I can tell you, we'll find out," she said.

Barra, who grew up in Michigan and attend GMI in Flint, owned up to the problem that has led to millions of cars being recalled and at least 12 deaths.

"It involves vehicles we no longer make, but it came to light on my watch, so I'm responsible for resolving it," Barra said.

The congressional committee asked if GM was only concerned with profits and not the safety of the consumers.

"Today, if there's a safety issue, we take action. If we know there's a defect on our vehicles, we do not look at the cost associated with it. We look at the speed we can fix the issue," Barra said.

GM vice president Mark Reuss, who has lived in Flint, sat behind her and offered help when he could.

Many times, Barra dodged questions, saying she hasn't had time to sift through all the internal documents.

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