GM CEO Mary Barra and Internal Investigator Anton Valukas to Testify Next WEDNESDAY
WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building entitled, “The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Investigation Update.” General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Anton Valukas, the head of the company’s internal recall investigation, will be the only witnesses.
“Earlier this year, Ms. Barra testified that she would not be able to answer certain questions until the company’s internal investigation was complete. Next week we will have the chance to get those answers and compare the company’s findings to our own,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA). “Mr. Valukas’ exhaustive report revealed disturbing truths about GM’s systemic and cultural failures that allowed this problem to go undiagnosed for over a decade, but many questions remain unanswered about the recalls and resulting changes within the company. This testimony by Barra and Valukas is a critical step in our ongoing investigation to uncover the facts as we determine what went wrong and what we can do to prevent future tragedies.”
BACKGROUND: In March, the committee opened an investigation into the General Motors Company’s (GM) and NHTSA’s response to consumer complaints related to stalling, airbag non-deployment, and ignition switch problems. GM first announced a recall in February to correct the problems, but reports indicate drivers first complained of the safety issues over 10 years ago. The company reported that the ignition switch defect may have been linked to 13 fatalities. To date, the committee has received over 1 million pages of documents from GM and another 15,000 from NHTSA, and has conducted a number of interviews with key company officials and government regulators. During her initial testimony in front of the subcommittee on April 1, Barra explained that the company had hired independent investigator Anton Valukus to conduct a through investigation, and deferred several questions to the final report. On June 5, Barra announced the conclusion of Valukus’ investigation and the release of his over-300 page report.
Additional hearing details, the Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.