Senators Question Delphi about GM Recall
According to Automotive News, senators formally requested information from Delphi Automotive CEO Rodney O’Neal about the part maker’s role in decisions made about the defective ignition switches involved in the GM recall.
Focus Shifts to Delphi
Earlier this week, senators shifted the focus of their investigation into the GM recall from the automaker to the part manufacturer, Delphi Automotive. In a letter addressed to CEO Rodney O’Neal, senators acknowledged Delphi had proposed a fix to the switches in 2005 that was rejected by GM. “As we continue evaluating the GM recall it is critically important that we understand the decisions made by Delphi and the company’s interaction with GM,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Dean Heller (R-NV).
Delphi and O’Neal were given a deadline of April 28 to provide information as to which party – GM or Delphi – initiated discussions in 2005 to fix the switches. Senators also wanted to know what steps, if any, Delphi took when GM eventually rejected the proposed fix and if the part maker communicated with NHTSA about the matter.
A spokesperson for Delphi declined to comment about the matter.
Earlier this month, GM Chief Mary Barra and acting administrator of NHTSA David Friedman testified in two congressional hearings about the recall. It is not known if Delphi executives will be called on to testify as well.
Switch Did Not Meet Specifications
Delphi has told investigators that the part maker informed GM the ignition switches did not meet torque specifications in 2001 but were accepted anyways. The faulty switches are at the center of a 2.6 million vehicle recall first announced by GM in February and have been linked to at least 13 deaths.