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GM's Barra faces grilling from US lawmakers

General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Anton Valukas, head of GM's internal recall investigation, testify on the GM ignition switch recall during a US House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in Washington on June 18, 2014General Motors chief executive Mary Barra on Wednesday faced a grilling from US lawmakers investigating the company’s delayed ignition recall tied to at least 13 deaths. Barra returned to testify to a House of Representatives committee panel, after being unable to answer many questions in an April 1 hearing, armed with the results of an internal GM investigation on how and why it took the company more than a decade to recall millions of vehicles after ignition problems were known. The report by Anton Valukas found that GM failed to see the safety implications of the defective ignition switch, which could inadvertently turn to the “off” position, cutting off electrical systems and preventing airbags from deploying. “It paints a picture of an organization that failed to handle a complex safety issue in a responsible way,” said the CEO, a GM veteran who took the company’s top job in January, just weeks before GM started to recall 2.6 million Cobalt and other compact cars for the ignition-switch defect.

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