GM CEO and NHTSA Head Confirmed to Testify Next Tuesday; Committee Receives Initial Documents

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) today provided a progress report on the committee’s investigation into General Motors Company’s (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) response to consumer complaints related to stalling, airbag non-deployment, and ignition switch problems. GM CEO Mary Barra and NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman are both confirmed to testify at a hearing on April 1, now beginning at 2 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?" In response to the committee’s letters sent earlier this month, the committee began receiving documents and information today.

“On Tuesday evening we received the first installment of documents from GM, and we expect that NHTSA will provide documents by the end of this week. Our task is now to sort through these pages, and find an answer to the simple question posed by both the public and the families who lost loved ones in these crashes: why did it take so long to address these safety problems and concerns?" said Murphy.

"To get to the bottom of what went wrong, Congress needs to get answers straight from the top, and I am pleased we will hear directly from GM's chief executive, Mary Barra. I'm encouraged by her cooperation so far and hope that will continue so that we can work together to ensure Americans are safe on the road," said DeGette.

Additional hearing details, the Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.