General Motors’ new CEO and the head of the nation’s auto safety watchdog are headed to Congress on Tuesday to testify about a defect in small cars that is linked to 13 deaths.
In written testimony released ahead of a Tuesday hearing, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn’t share it until last month.
GM CEO Mary Barra will also testify. Committee members will press Barra and Friedman to explain why neither the company nor the safety agency moved to recall millions of small cars with a defective ignition switch.
GM has now recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty switch.