Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) indicated the possibility of more recalls since the automaker’s review of safety issues involving older vehicles is still ongoing.
During an interview on Today’s show, Ms. Barra said, “We are going to continue to look at the data we get, and we are going to take the action that we need.” Last week, she told the lawmakers in a congressional hearing that the automaker might complete the recall by end of this month.
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Ms. Barra also emphasized that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) terminated the 15 employees involved in the delayed recall of defective ignition switch after the completion of its internal investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas. The automaker also implemented disciplinary actions on five other employees.
“I have taken action and the people who I don’t think should be a part of the company aren’t here anymore. The criminal aspect; that is for the courts to decide,” according to Ms. Barra. She added that the people did not understand the safety aspects of the problem. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the investigating the delayed recall.
GM found defective switches were made in China
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) already recalled more than 20 million vehicles in North America. The automaker recently revealed in filing with U.S. safety regulators that the defective ignition switch related to recall of approximately 3.4 million vehicles were made in China.
The latest ignition-switch related recalls involves Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo, Buick LaCrosse, Lucerne, Cadillac Deville and DTS cars.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) found that the ignition switch problems in these vehicles were similar to the recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ions and other vehicles that led to at least 13 fatalities.
GM faces new air-bag problems
Aside from the defective switches, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) found an unexpected air-bag problem involving 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. The automaker will likely recall at least 33,000 vehicles with faulty air-bags supplied by Takata Corporation (TYO:7312). The automaker found that the air-bags were assembled with a wrong component.
Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE:TM) (TYO:7203), Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) (TYO:7267), Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NSANY) (TYO:7201) and Mazda Motor Corp (TYO:7261) (OTCMKTS:MZDAF) also have problems with defective air-bags from Takata Corporation (TYO:7312) (OTCMKTS:TKTDY).
The total number of recalled vehicles with Takata air-bags is almost nine million including 2.3 million from Toyota, two million from Honda, 755,000 from Nissan and 160,000 from Mazda. The four Japanese automakers recalled 3.4 million vehicles due to a similar problem.