With pressure mounting from a recent House committee ruling for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Motors to provide information about a recent recall of more than 1.5 MILLION GM vehicles that were equipped with a faulty ignition, scrutiny of the automaker is growing at a rapid pace.
In a message from Fred Upton, the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
"There are several questions surrounding this latest recall and right now we are just looking for answers to determine what the company and NHTSA knew about these problems, when they knew it, and what they did about it,"
Both the Senate Commerce Committee and the House committee are planning to hold hearings as to why it has taken General Motors approximately 10 years to issue a recall for the vehicles affected, which has now been linked to 13 fatalities and more than 30 collisions.
While officials from GM are citing the ignition problems are similar to other problems that GM was dealing with during its bankruptcy in 2009, it's believed that the bankruptcy filing might actually shield the automaker from a portion of the costs that may be associated with this recall. As part of it's emergence from Chapter 11, lawsuits for those that may have been injured or killed prior to July 2009 would be required to sue to "old" GM entity in court.
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