GM CEO Mary Barra: “No Conspiracy”
In a conference held Thursday morning, General Motors CEO Mary Barra commented on an internal investigation and the firing of 15 GM employees, stating that there was a pattern of incompetence displayed by individuals in the handling of defective ignition switches used by the automaker but no evidence of a cover-up.
More than 41 Million Documents Reviewed in GM Investigation
According to USA Today, Barra claims that more than 41 million documents were reviewed as part of an internal investigation headed by U.S. attorney Anton Valukas.
Barra commented on Valukas’ final report saying that, though the evidence of incompetence and neglect was painful to hear, Valukas’ report did not indicate the presence of a cover-up by GM employees or a willingness to put cost before safety.
With the release of the report, it is likely that Barra will face additional hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee as members of congress attempt to better understand how vehicles equipped with defective ignition switches stayed on the road for more than a decade before being recalled.
In previous hearings, members of congress including Senator Claire McCaskill accused General Motors of creating a “culture of cover-up,” leading to the deaths of multiple motorists.
Mary Barra Promises “Significant Actions” Are Being Taken
In the conference, Mary Barra assured the press that “significant actions” are being taken to ensure that a similar situation never occurs again.
Beyond terminating 15 employees, many of who were in senior roles or executives, five others are to be disciplined for lack of action.
Barra assured that all potential issues will be sent further up GM’s chain of command in an effort to move information along in a more productive manner.
Thomas J. Henry Representing More than 1,000 GM Recall Victims
Thomas J. Henry is representing more than 1,000 GM recall victims across the United States and has been investigating injuries and deaths linked to the recall since day one. The firm launched a nationwide media investigation into the recall in April, which brought forth thousands of affected individuals who had information critical to the investigation – information that the firm has handed over to federal agencies also investigating GM’s sluggish response the recall.
As more and more individuals have flocked to Thomas J. Henry for representation, the firm has continued to push GM for a victim settlement fund. The firm has had several talks with GM’s victim compensation expert Ken Feinberg regarding appropriate victim compensation for the thousands affected by a fatal design flaw in ignition switches which left numerous dead and countless others seriously injured.
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