The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday in the nation’s Capitol, on GM’s safety issues.
This will be the fourth time GM leaders have testified about the systemic failures that led to the overdue recall of thousands of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she looks forward to questioning the automaker’s legal department.
“Because in reviewing all of the facts it is very clear to me, that a major part of the problem was a corporate culture that was so focused on avoiding liability and lawsuits,” the Senator said, “…that they were willing to go to great lengths to try to avoid any liability without taking the information in these lawsuits and looking at them in a way that would provide safety to the driving public.”
McCaskill sites a report that says GM repeatedly avoided questions about crashes, even though the company was aware of sudden power loss in models involved, and wants to also see GM’s plan for victim compensation.
“So I want to ask them questions about that culture within the legal department and the general counsel will be one of the witness’. In addition Mr. (Kenneth) Feinberg will be testifying for the first time in congress about the plan to compensate the victims of the ignition switch failure; How that is going to work, to make sure that victims do get compensation.”
McCaskill did give some credit to the disgraced Corporation, saying that even though there is a legal out due to GM’s recent bankruptcy, the automaker is taking the lead on a victim’s compensation fund.
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