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GM CEO Faces Congress Over Recalls

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The CEO of General Motors is going to be in the hot seat on Tuesday. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will grill the company’s new chief about a series of recalls that are tied to at least 13 deaths. And the hearing comes as yet another recall is announced.

At the hearing, House subcommittee members will question GM CEO Mary Barra as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief. They will be expected to explain why neither organization made the decision to issue a recall much sooner.

GM has admitted that it knew about the deadly defect with ignition switches for at least a decade. At least 13 deaths have been linked to the issue which is now under the microscope. It was only recently — in February — that GM issued a recall for several models of its vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cobalt.

Barra just stepped into her position in January, but she has been with the company for more than 30 years. She apologized to the families of the victims on Monday night, and will apologize again at Tuesday’s hearing. Relatives of the crash victims will speak out as well.

“I don’t want any more drivers to be mourned by family and friends because an automaker hid a deadly problem,” said crash survivor Samantha Denti.

“It is clear that GM is only concerned with their bottom line, and not the safety of our loved ones,” added Terry DiBattista, the mother of a crash victim.

Lawmakers want to know why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to investigate the issue twice. The organization said that GM did not share information which would have launched an investigation sooner.

A separate hearing with the Senate subcommittee is scheduled for Wednesday.

And, further adding to GM’s troubles, the company issued another recall on Monday, this time for 1 million cars that might suddenly lose power steering.

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