- Internal GM (GM) documents show that some senior managers knew about the faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths long before the company issued a massive recall in February.
- In October 2012, for example, the chief of all small car development, Jim Federico, received an update about the company's 2005-2007 Cobalt air bag investigation in an email entitled "the Cobalt and Ignition Switch Effort."
- There's no evidence that new GM CEO Mary Barra was aware of the issue until December 2013, although in 2011, when a GM VP, she did receive correspondence about a power-steering problem that had prompted a recall in 2010.
- The revelations come in 700 pages of documents that the House Energy & Commerce committee released on Friday.
- Meanwhile, in 2007, the head of the defects assessment division at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called for the agency to open a probe into the failure of air bags to deploy in frontal crashes in Cobalts and Ions, but the recommendation was rejected.