Transcript for General Motors CEO Grilled Over Deadly Defects
General Motors CEO Mary Barr was on the hot seat today for nearly three hours -- lawmakers demanded answers. Why in the world. Would a company. With a stellar reputation General Motors purchase. Paper heart that did not meet its own specifications. I want to know that it's much as you do. Since -- took over GM in January the auto maker has recalled two point six million vehicles because there ignition switches to turn off unexpectedly. Shutting down the car power and safety systems including the air bag. Records indicate GM knew about the problem as early as 2001 but didn't address it. Company engineers proposed solutions -- 2005. But GM said none were acceptable. Documents provided by GM -- out that this unacceptable cost increase was only. 57. Cents. The defects resulted in thirteen deaths including lark Christian sixteen year old daughter amber Marie rose. We -- the people left behind when a loved one gotten into what was supposed to be a safe car and GM car. A car that GM's -- for years was dangerous. And effective after the hearing -- said she's angry that it took more than a decade to fix this problem. I am working day in nineteen nature. That we correct this issue we've learned from that and it never happens again. GM announced at today's hearing is bringing on Ken Feinberg as a consultant. Feinberg managed the compensation funds for victims of 9/11 and the BP oil spill. Karen Travers ABC news Capitol Hill.
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