PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — General Motors is recalling another 1.3 million vehicles.
The latest recall affects the power steering in some Saturn Ions, Chevrolet HHRs and Cobalts.
Meanwhile, GM’s CEO is on Capitol Hill, testifying about a defect in some of its small cars that was linked to 13 deaths.
Congress is grilling Mary Barra to try to get her to explain why the company didn’t recall the cars sooner after it discovered the ignition switch problem years ago.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Chief David Friedman is also being questioned.
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KDKA Radio’s Bill Rehkopf spoke with the chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Tim Murphy, right after the meeting ended. He felt that nothing new was really stated except that they’ve hired an “expensive” attorney.
Congressman Murphy wanted to know how they could accept a part for a car that didn’t meet their expectations. Barra’s response was they don’t do that, and she plans to get to the bottom of the situation.
“Clearly disturbing to us was how long this went on, that there was a culture within GM that people signed off on a part that just didn’t work,” said Congressman Murphy. “They tried to fix it, they made a fix, but they kept the same part number so it was hard to trace. They put it in the new cars, but not the old cars, and even now they’re telling people, just don’t put extra things on your key chain and you should be safe with that car not turning off, but I’m not so sure yet.”