Transcript for Federal Investigation Over General Motors Car Recall
The Justice Department is investigating how General Motors handled and deadly defects in some of its compact cars. Specifically. Is the -- criminally liable for failing to properly disclose the problem and issue a recall ABC's Rebecca Jarvis has more. It is a potentially fatal flaw linked to at least thirteen deaths and 31 crashes among them this crash in Wisconsin that killed two girls in 2005. And this one in Maryland that killed sixteen year old amber Marie rose that same year. This -- girl. -- now and we've got to get the word out GM has already recalled one point six million cars from model years 2003 to 2007. Including the shabby cobalt Pontiac G five Saturn ION Chevrolet AG jar Pontiac Solstice and Saturn -- In those recalled models the problem was with the ignition which could turn up unexpectedly. Shutting down both the car. And its safety systems including the air back. But GM knew about the possibility of the fly nearly a decade ago and decided not to fix it. They had no answers for us they he had no apology to us. Agents say anything. Now GM has a brand new CEO Gary -- two months into the job she says she's conducting an internal review demanding an unvarnished picture of GM's handling of the ignition problem. This is a corporate wide culture problem. And I do think that -- parent wants to make up for the mistakes of the past. But she's got a lot to make up for. Not long ago we spoke to bar on her first day on the job everybody talks about General Motors is having a huge change. In the environment a huge change in the overall culture but what does that mean what was the company and what is the company -- streamline the leadership team. Actually cut the amount of people involved in the products by 20%. Of the leadership and sent -- Chief engineer. It's your vehicle. We want -- you're accountable there were too many cooks in the -- -- cooks in the kitchen now congress is calling for hearings trying to find out what GM knew and when they knew it. Rebecca Jarvis ABC news New York.
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