Quantcast

GM CEO grilled on Capitol Hill - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

GM CEO grilled on Capitol Hill

Posted: Updated:
Washington, DC -

 

Tuesday on Capitol Hill lawmakers and victims' families demanded answers from General Motors.  Congress wants to know why neither GM nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acted sooner to recall millions of cars with defective ignition switches.  Records show GM was aware of the problem as early as 2001.

 

At the center of today's hearing - CEO Mary Barra, who took over GM in January. Since then, the automaker has recalled 2.6 million vehicles because their ignition switches could turn off unexpectedly -- shutting down the car power and safety systems, including the air bag.  The defect is linked to 13 deaths and more than two dozen crashes. Families of accident victims said GM needs to come clean about why it took more than a decade to address the defective ignition switches. In today's hearing, house leaders probed the CEO about the faulty switch and the communication within the company.

"Sitting here today I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out," says Barra.  "This is an extraordinary situation. It involves vehicles we no longer make, but it came to light on my watch so I'm responsible for resolving it. When we have answers, we will be fully transparent with you, with our regulators, and with our customers."

Before the congressional hearing, lawmakers, consumer advocates and family members of victims accused GM of putting profits before lives.  Documents submitted to congress by general motors show that the piece that would've been needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to those 13 traffic deaths would've cost just 57 cents. One of the victim's parents called for the justice department to conduct a criminal investigation of GM.


  • News NowMore>>

  • Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot

    Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-08-30 11:54:09 GMT
     A proposal that would end dry counties in Arkansas has been approved for inclusion on the November ballot.
     A proposal that would end dry counties in Arkansas has been approved for inclusion on the November ballot.
  • Lafayette plan envisions more bike lanes

    Lafayette plan envisions more bike lanes

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-08-30 11:51:08 GMT
     A portion of Bertrand Drive in Lafayette one day may be a spot for leisurely strolls, bicycle rides and sidewalk cafe's
     A portion of Bertrand Drive in Lafayette one day may be a spot for leisurely strolls, bicycle rides and sidewalk cafe's

  • Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-08-30 11:44:47 GMT
     Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.
     Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.

  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:27:55 GMT
    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
  • Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:53:10 GMT
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
  • Jindal suing feds over Common Core

    Jindal suing feds over Common Core

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:51 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:51:42 GMT
    Louisiana's Republican governor is planning to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
    Louisiana's Republican governor is planning to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
  • NationalMore>>

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 09:01:03 GMT
    The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
    The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
  • California appeals teacher tenure ruling

    California appeals teacher tenure ruling

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:30 AM EDT2014-08-30 06:30:45 GMT
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has filed an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers.
    Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or...
  • Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:12 AM EDT2014-08-30 05:12:50 GMT
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than...
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen...
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Sci-Port offers special programming to remember anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita

    Sci-Port offers special programming to remember anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-08-30 11:12:25 GMT
    (Photo source: Sci-Port Science Center, Shreveport)(Photo source: Sci-Port Science Center, Shreveport)
    Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, along with representatives of the National Weather Service, will present special programming to the public from Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1 related to remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Nine years ago, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. A weather balloon will be displayed in the Center's lobby, with representatives from the National Weather Service on-hand to discuss it on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 3...
    Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, along with representatives of the National Weather Service, will present special programming to the public from Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1 related to remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Nine years ago, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. A weather balloon will be displayed in the Center's lobby, with representatives from the National Weather Service on-hand to discuss it on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 3...
  • KTBS 3 Storm Team Forecast

    KTBS 3 Storm Team Forecast

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-08-30 10:52:13 GMT
    7 Day Forecast7 Day Forecast

     Here's the 7 day forecast.

     Here's the 7 day forecast.

  • Armed TXK man hospitalized after threatening to harm himself outside home

    Armed TXK man hospitalized after threatening to harm himself outside home

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-08-30 10:51:49 GMT
    A man is being evaluated at a Texarkana hospital, after threatening to kill himself outside a home.It happened on Holly Ridge Street about 9:30 p.m..Friday night.Authorities responded to the home and began to create a perimeter, after seeing that the man was armed with an assault rifle.Texarkana, Texas police say the man, described only as a 45-year-old white male made contact with officers in the yard.The Texarkana, TX S.W.A.T. Team responded and a negotiator was able to talk the subject dow...
    A man is being evaluated at a Texarkana hospital, after threatening to kill himself outside a home.It happened on Holly Ridge Street about 9:30 p.m..Friday night.Authorities responded to the home and began to create a perimeter, after seeing that the man was armed with an assault rifle.Texarkana, Texas police say the man, described only as a 45-year-old white male made contact with officers in the yard.The Texarkana, TX S.W.A.T. Team responded and a negotiator was able to talk the subject dow...
Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File