GM CEO Cries As She Meets Relatives Of Victims Killed In Recalled GM Vehicles

Recall has been linked to 13 deaths

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra Gives News Conference At Opel Headquarters
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave a tearful apology Monday, when she met with the families of car accident victims who were driving GM vehicles included in a growing recall list.

"We went around the table, family by family, and told stories about our loved ones who can't speak for themselves," Ken Rimer, whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, told Detroit Free Press.

The recalled vehicles, which include Cobalts, Saturn Ions, and others, have ignition switches that can inadvertently shut off, stalling the car and disabling the airbags.

So far, 31 crashes have been linked to the recall, resulting in 13 deaths. Barra met with a total of 15 families in advance of a Congressional hearing investigating the recall. Daily Mail reported that during the meeting she was shown new photos of crash victims, many of them teenagers.

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"It was helpful for us to put Natasha and Amy's face on it and talk to Mary about them," said Rimer. "They are not just 13 victims. We are real people."

Laura Gipe Christian, who lost her 16-year-old daughter in a 2005 accident involving a Cobalt, said that Barra apologized during the meeting. "She may have been very sincere, but all of this is coming after we lost someone that nothing can replace," she told Detroit Free Press. She also said that Barra insisted that the cars are still drivable.

"I asked her about getting the cars off the road, and she told me the cars are safe," said Christian.

The low price of the recalled vehicles, often purchased by parents as a first car, has been connected to the disproportionate number of under-18 deaths, along with the fact that inexperienced drivers are more likely to panic in the event of a stalled vehicle.

"With an entry-level car where you have a newly licensed driver, the freak-out will win the day," Robert Hilliard, a personal injury lawyer who is suing GM, told Daily Mail. "All that those young drivers are going to do is respond to the panic."

GM has admitted that they knew about the faulty switches for at least a decade, but didn't start the recall of 2.6 million Cobalts and other cars until February. Relatives of car crash victims appeared at Tuesday's congressional hearing, where Barra again offered a public apology.

"Today's GM will do the right thing," she said. "That begins with my sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by this recall--especially the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured. I am deeply sorry."

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troskowsky

It's obvious that GM knew this was coming and appointed her as a sacrificial lamb the public would be more sympathetic with the first woman just appointed to head the largest auto company she cannot tell what she knows nothing about and after it's over someone from the good old boy's club will replace her.

April 02 2014 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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msgoe

nice try but she has been at GM since she was 18... held many high level positions and was an engineer there ... so she knows a lot about the situation ... she is not saying yet .. she also knows exactly how this happened .... the re design of the new part would have held up production so they decided to risk it ...

April 02 2014 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RHOTWRENCH

CHEAP PARTS FROM CHINA ARE THE ONLY PARTS THAT FAIL....AS FOR THE S-------HHHHHD THAT COMMENTED ON THE CORVAIR, I OWN 5, AND THEY ARE MORE DEPENDABLE AND SAFER THAN THE VW, PORSCHE, AND OTHER CARS....READ THE BOOK BY NADER....HE NEVER HAD A DRIVERS LICENCE

April 02 2014 at 8:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billwiltfang

Remember: Just because they are GM cars does not mean they are US made. AND, the ones that ARE assembled in the US use cheap parts that are manufactured in other countries using low skilled, low paid non-union members...

April 02 2014 at 8:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billwiltfang

Remember: Just because they are GM cars does not mean they are US made. AND, the ones that ARE assembled in the US use cheap parts that are manufactured in other countries using low skilled, low paid non-union members...

April 02 2014 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
penero

Poor CEO, shes crying all the way to the bank. :(

April 02 2014 at 8:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill NY

Corporate Greed at it's worst! Ralph Nader's 1965 Book, "Unsafe at Any Speed" Remember the Corvair!

April 02 2014 at 6:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
pdmustgt

Giving tears won't fix GM screw up when they knew and let it go instead of doing the right thing

April 02 2014 at 5:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
James

Sincerity is critical to running a successful business. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

April 02 2014 at 5:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

General Motors has been building junk since the 80's. There are no apologies that can make up for that.

April 02 2014 at 4:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stevebakerguitar

So the government brings her in to expose what the last guys did..... sounds like the blame it on bush gang....
OK SO how much taxpayer money is this going to cost..... GM Should be shut down.

April 02 2014 at 3:06 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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