Examining the GM Recall and NHTSA's Defect Investigation Process

Feature Image: Capitol 1WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance will hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. titled, “Examining the GM Recall and NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Process,” chaired by Consumer Protection Subcommittee chair Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). This hearing will examine General Motors’ (GM) announcement in February of a safety recall affecting 1.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have caused at least 12 deaths. In particular, the hearing will focus on GM’s decisions over a more than 10-year period to not issue a safety recall and will consider whether the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the capability, data, and resources to effectively monitor vehicle safety defects.


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Majority Statement

  • Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


  • Ms. Mary T. Barra

    Chief Executive Officer
    General Motors Company
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Witness Panel 2

  • Mr. David J. Friedman

    Acting Administrator
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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  • Mr. Calvin L. Scovel III

    Inspector General
    U.S. Department of Transportation
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