Mega scandal at Opel mother: Deadly breakdown series: GM boss is grilled in front of the Senate

Mega scandal at Opel mother

Deadly breakdown series: GM boss is grilled in front of the Senate

Mega scandal at Opel mother: Deadly breakdown series: GM boss is grilled in front of the Senate-opel
dpa Little power woman with major problems: GM boss Mary Barra (in the picture when presenting the pickup GMC Canyon 2014 in Detroit)

Your company has not taken a fatal breakdown series seriously? The boss of the world’s largest car company General Motors is exposed to this accusation. Now Mary Barra has to apologize publicly. GM now leads above all an image war.

The head of the US car company General Motors (GM), Mary Barra, apologizes for a fatal breakdown series for defective ignition locks . The former development chief and current number one at GM is quoted in front of a Senate Committee. At the same time, she emphasizes that she penetrates without a soreness of the incidents. "I am deeply sad", It says in a previously common speech that the manager on Tuesday. But she did not know why it took years to uncover the cause of the breakdown series.In contrast, the incumbent head of the US transport security authority, David Friedman, addressed significant allegations to the Opel mother company in Detroit. "GM had critical information that would have helped identify the defect", he said in an explanation that was also published in advance. The hearing begins at 20 Tuesday.00 a.m. CEST.

GM boss meets relatives

On Monday evening, according to the US media, Barra met with relatives of the victims. Because of the ignition locks, there were at least 13 dead in the United States. Ignition locks were too weak so that they were on the "Out of"-Rushed back and as a result of power steering, braking power amplifier and airbag did not work.

Mega scandal at Opel mother: Deadly breakdown series: GM boss is grilled in front of the Senate-scandal
GM The GM model Saturn Ion is also affected by the recall – the brand is no longer available

These are the facts about the mega recall

  • A total of 6.3 million cars are called back
  • Most cars have to go to the workshop because of defective ignition locks: the key can be in the "Out of"-Jumping position, then airbags, brake power amplifiers and power steering no longer work – at least 12 fatal accidents should have happened
  • American consumer advocates even speak of more than 300 possible deaths – GM denies this. More information here .
  • Models of the American brands Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn from 2004 to 2010 are particularly affected
  • Only shortly before the hearing, GM called 1.5 cars back due to steering problems
  • The costs for the recall series grow to around $ 750 million (544 million euros)

Mega scandal at Opel mother: Deadly breakdown series: GM boss is grilled in front of the Senate-opel
Center for Auto Safety This graphic of the Center for Auto Safety shows accidents by the models Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, in which airbags that have not been triggered are said to have led to fatal injuries

GM threatens a disaster that was never there

The hearing in Washington is primarily concerned with the question of whether the problem and the recall campaign have been delayed for years. Another hearing before a Senate committee is imminent on Wednesday. The congress has a total of 235.000 pages investigation into the case before. A first assessment is dark: "Although we have only had the documents for less than a week, they draw a disturbing picture", it says in a statement by the committee chairman Fred Upton and the chairman of the investigative committee, Tim Murphy.

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"As soon as I found out about the problem, we acted without hesitation", it means in Barra’s explanation. "We explained to the world that there is a problem that has to be solved." GM will not steal away from responsibility. The 52-year-old has only been boss of the GM since January, but has previously belonged to the group’s leadership.

What did the GM boss know?

For car market expert Professor Stefan Bratzel from the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), the GM scandal is already comparable to the recall gau at Toyota. "The biggest problem for GM is now the loss of trust", So Bratzel opposite site. In addition, possible private lawsuits in billions. For the new GM boss, too. "Barra himself was a development chief at General Motors – if it turns out that she knew about the incidents, there could also be considerable damage to her", so Bratzel.
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  1. Mary Barra will not "GRILLED"!
    To date, no human being has been before the US Senate "GRILLED"! Such headlines should probably serve to distract from the real problems. And GM really has enough of that. The product quality decreases not only in the United States that the wave of protests swells! Maybe GM was also "Broken"! Even with so-called premium manufacturers, such savings are recognizable. One believes on the executive floors that the supposedly "Good name" is sufficient for future sales successes. Such misjudgments can quickly catch the eye. Declining quality always strikes the paragraph. And a destroyed image can only be repaired with great financial effort!

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