GM CEO Barra Lied To Congress: Docs Reveal She Knew About Steering Problem Years Ago

Tyler Durden's picture

Despite her vehement denial of knowing anything about the ignition switch problems at GM (until late December, early January), documents revealed by the Energy and Commerce Department show:

  • *GM'S BARRA TOLD OF STEERING PROBLEM IN 2011, DOCUMENTS SHOW
  • *DEGIORGIO SAYS COST FOR ALL COBALT MODELS WOULD BE $10 EACH

We are sure the lawyers will be carefully crafting her PR response to this disaster but as Chairman Fred Upton notes, "There is still much left to examine and we will continue to
follow the facts... These initial documents revealed failures within the system." It seems this was the last straw for the hedge funds (GM is the most widely held) as the stock is dumping.

 

As Forbes noted,

A recurring theme in the investigation into General Motors delayed response to a safety risk associated with faulty ignition switches is why the chief executive, Mary Barra, didn’t know about the problem earlier and do something about it.

 

She was, after all, the head of global product development before she was CEO, and held a series of engineering and staff jobs before that.

 

“You’re a very important person in this company,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, sounding incredulous, told Barra after reading portions of her resume at a hearing this week. “Something is very strange that you don’t know about these things,” said the California Democrat.

And now...Bloomberg reports,

“These initial documents revealed failures within the system,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Cmte Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mi., says in statement.

  • “There is still much left to examine and we will continue to follow the facts”
  • GM CEO Mary Barra told of steering problem in 2011, according to documents released by cmte
  •  NHTSA sought investigation of Cobalts for airbags in 2007
  • GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio said it was “impossible” to modify switch
  • *GM IN 2005 SAID IT SAW NO ISSUE WITH COBALT AIRBAGS: DOCUMENTS
  • *GM IN '07 SAID IT SAW `NO SPECIFIC PROBLEM' WITH COBALT AIRBAGS
  • *COBALT AIRBAG WARRANTY RATE MORE THAN 9%; FORD RATE WAS 2%
  • *NHTSA SAID IT SAW A PATTERN OF AIRBAG NON-DEPLOYMENTS
  • *DEGIORGIO SIGNED OFF ON NEW IGNITION PART IN 2006
  • *DEGIORGIO APPROVED NEW GM PART WITHOUT NEW NUMBER: DOCUMENTS

NHTSA...

  • *NHTSA INVESTIGATOR SAID GM WAS `SLOW TO ACT' VS OTHER COS.
  • *NHTSA INVESTIGATOR SAID IN 2013 GM IS `SLOW TO COMMUNICATE'

 

Here is the email that shows Barra knew of the problems in 2011...

 

Rest of documents here...

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One And Only's picture

Everyone lies to congress.

Congress is a flaccid and impotent institution.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

US taxpayers already own GM via Obummer. Do you really think he will stop golfing to care?

RevRex's picture

She lied? So what, she has a vuhgina!

 

 

That will be the standard response when Hillary is President!

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Damn.  I could have just had a scientist grow one for me.  Would have saved a lot of my life and money with one of those over marriage.

TruthInSunshine's picture

"What difference does it make!"

- Billary 2016

pods's picture

You only get in trouble for lying if it is about steroids. Duh, everyone knows that.

pods

Dr. Richard Head's picture

That's right.  Only the most important things are focused on when it comes to lies.  Gotta keep the circuses honest and all.

Joe Davola's picture

“You’re a very important person in this country Sen. Boxer, Something is very strange that you don’t know about these things,”

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The real question is how many Congressmen knew of this problem and said nothing when GM was still owned by The Empire.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Q: How many GM executives does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: I'll get back to you on that...

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

She lied!?! To CONGRESS!!?!? It cost people their lives???!!!!???

No worries, Eric Holder will have her behind bars in hours!

Er..., no, wait a minute...

McMolotov's picture

A harsh $25 fine and new lobbying position await.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I used to (half-jokingly) pump Hyundai cars here, also in part to provide some verbal support for our Korean bearing suppliers -- and so stability for them (and us) if Hyundai prospers.

Now I wonder, will Hyundai come and pound the snot out of GM?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Hyundais are fine automobiles.  If anyone buys a Hyundai, they will not be sorry.  They are a good value.

 

drendebe10's picture

GM makes nothing I want to own or drive and as Fred Sanford said, "There ain't nuthin uglier than an old white woman."  

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

GM makes nothing I want to die in.

Babaloo's picture

(1) The US has sold its entire position in GM, so the premise of your comment (and its 13 upvotes at the present) is wrong.

(2)  I thought it was an ignition switch problem she was testifying to Congress about?

aVileRat's picture

She was in charge of the 3 divisions in old GM where the problem was smoothed over and ironically 2 of those 3 groups are now bankrupt. 1979 GM all over again, all we need is a politico (carl ??) to go all Ralph Nader on their ass.

At best ? GM gets to settle and she resigns

At worst ? GM please guilty to criminal intent and a class action RICO is thrown forward which puts GM back into ch 11.

 

SilverIsKing's picture

Your 'at worst' is actually best.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

Well that was a short career.

 

Gotta blame someone for this whole fiasco.  Welcome to the CEO revolving door Ms. Barra, now go ahead and take one for the team.

 

Then sit back and enjoy the scenery as you float down on your golden parachute.

666's picture

Short career? Why, I'll bet she receives a bonus for this!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I am thinking that if she were to walk into IHOP, they would probably even give her a free pancake.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Exactly, hell even the US Attorney General admittedly lied to congress; just think about that a minute.  

SimpleSimon's picture

Congress lies to everyone too!! So there!!

Dick Buttkiss's picture

"Everything the state says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen." — Friedrich Nietzsche

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Uh oh,  she's a female too.

Jail time !

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

She and Blythe can be bunk mates.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

No, I think Large Marge would be better.

Miffed;-)

syntaxterror's picture

If she donated to O-bomb's campaign, she should be good to go. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Engineers keep notes, and everything.Stupid to scapegoat them.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  Engineers keep notes, and everything.

She'll just say she never reads e-mail from engineers in the Trash Class because she has "people" who do that. 

StychoKiller's picture

In one of my favorite jobs, I was required to keep an Engineering notebook, in case I came up with a patentable idea...

alien-IQ's picture

yeah but, isn't she in a tax bracket that allows her to lie to congress?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

That depends on the deductions listed from her campaign contributions...

AlaricBalth's picture

BARRA, MARY
NOVI,MI 48375 GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY 4/22/11 $1,000 Stabenow, Debbie (D)

BARRA, MARY
NOVI,MI 48375 GENERAL MOTORS/SENIOR VP 9/30/11 $1,000 Camp, Dave (R)

BARRA, MARY
DETROIT,MI 48265 GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY 8/30/10 $500 Dingell, John D (D)

BARRA, MARY
NOVI,MI 48375 GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY 7/27/10 $500 Stabenow, Debbie (D)

BARRA, MARY T
NORTHVILLE,MI 48168 GENERAL MOTORS 9/26/13 $1,000 Peters, Gary (D)

And another $15,000 to the GM PAC

earnyermoney's picture

Those are some cheap bastards from Michigan.

Emergency Ward's picture

Introducing the bipartisan Camp-Stabenow "Protection of Domestic Auto Company Executives from Unfair Questioning Act".

vintageyz's picture

Is she Lerner's BFF?

Ariadne's picture

So far thats 13 counts of murder one. 

Urban Redneck's picture

So when is Michael Moore going to call for her to face the death penalty?

Emergency Ward's picture

Right after he goes to Cuba for stomach-bypass surgery.

agstacks's picture

"At this point, what difference does it make?"

CharliePrince's picture

lying is the new american  diplomatic policy

STG5IVE's picture

She should have just blamed the weather

Full Faith and Credit's picture

Question of the day;

Why is it so god damn hard for the people that inhabit this level of society(private & public) to tell the truth? 

There is not a day that goes by that at least one article on ZH makes me shake my head.