2014-04-09T234454Z_2_CBREA381R8X00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-GM-RECALL-CONGRESS-INSIGHT

Congress turns GM probe focus to engineers, considers legislation

A man walks past a row of General Motors vehicles at a Chevrolet dealership on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, MichiganOne month after congressional committees launched formal probes into why it took GM more than a decade to respond to ignition switch safety defects with the recall, lawmakers still do not know exactly how company engineers initially reacted to the problem or whether senior executives were made aware of it. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee investigators last month spoke with GM lawyers about company documents. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra had few detailed answers for lawmakers at hearings last week. “If you really want to get to the bottom of it you really have to talk to people who were actually there when all this was going on,” said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the senior Republican on the Senate committee.

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