Sen. McCaskill: Time for GM to Come Clean
During an appearance on “This Week,” Sen. Claire McCaskill did not rule out the possibility of some General Motors employees facing jail time and advised GM to be “transparent” and “make all victims whole.”
Moment of Truth for GM
“Well, I think this is a real moment of truth for General Motors. They’ve tried to lawyer up and play whack-a-mole with these lawsuits and terrible things have happened. Now it’s time for them to come clean.” – Sen. Claire McCaskill as published by ABC News
During Sunday’s appearance, McCaskill continued to press the issue that GM has yet to address what appears to be an attempt to cover-up the 2006 redesign of a defective ignition switch which has been linked to at least 13 deaths and 31 frontal collisions.
In a Senate sub-committee hearing last week, McCaskill presented a document in which a top GM engineer had signed off on the redesign in which the model number for malfunctioning part was never changed. In a court deposition conducted roughly one year ago, that same engineer testified under oath that neither he nor GM was aware of issues with the switch.
McCaskill continued by stating that the only logical reason for keeping the same part-number is that someone wished to hide the fact that GM vehicles had been equipped with defective parts that “ended up killing a number of people”.
At the end of the interview, McCaskill urged GM to take responsibility for their actions calling the automaker’s present situation “a real moment of truth.” McCaskill is asking the company and its executives to be upfront with all information pertaining to the defective switches and to do what they can to compensate the families who lost loved ones do the faulty equipment.
GM Fails to Meet NHTSA Deadline
Within days of McCaskill’s interview, news broke that GM had failed to meet a Special Order deadline set by NHTSA.
The Special Order, filed on March 4, 2014, called on GM to answer over 100 questions pertaining to their handling of the defective ignition switches and the subsequent vehicle recalls – the company was given until April 3 to do so.
In a message to NHTSA, GM notified the agency that it would be unable to answer some of the question by the deadline as they required special engineering expertise; however, upon GM submitting their answers, NHTSA observed that a third of the questions were unanswered, many of which required to engineering analysis.
Among the unanswered questions were whether GM had completed more than one redesign for the defective switches and what data they looked at when determining whether or not to recall the switches.
When NHTSA followed up with the company, they were referred to an ongoing investigation by attorney Anton Valukas. NHTSA is now fining $7,000 per day until GM presents sufficient answers to the regulator’s questions.
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