GM CEO expects to testify on recall for defective ignition switches
In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:51PM EDT
DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra says it's likely she will testify before congressional committees investigating the company's handling of a faulty ignition switch that is tied to 12 deaths.
The CEO, who has spent her career with GM, also says she first found out about the switch problem in late December and had no knowledge of it before that.
Barra spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the company recalled 1.6 million compact cars to repair the problem. The switch can cause an engine to shut down unexpectedly and cause power steering and air bags to fail.
Barra apologized for the loss of life that occurred. GM has admitted knowing about the problem for at least a decade but failing to recall the cars until last month.