August 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Documents submitted to Congress by General Motors show the piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents.
At a hearing on Capitol Hill today, members of a House subcommittee have been demanding answers from new GM CEO Mary Barra about why the automaker used the switch in small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion even though GM knew the part didn't meet its own specifications.
Rep. Diana DeGette held up a switch to show how easy it was for a light set of keys to move the ignition out of the "run" position. That can cause the engine to stall and the driver to lose power steering and power brakes.
Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars over the faulty switch, but lawmakers are asking why it took the company 10 years to issue the recall.
Barra has repeatedly told the panel the answers to their questions will be part of GM's internal investigation of the matter.