General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) president Dan Ammann has promised that the auto giant will be transparent during the major recall. General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles to fix faulty ignition switches.
“This is a new leadership team,” stated Ammann in an interview with reporters at the Geneva Motor Show. “We’re aiming to do things in the right way.”
Amman said GM is being “proactive” and “transparent” in response to the recall of the Pontiac, Chevy, Saturn and Opel vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating if GM acted fast enough to recall the vehicles after identifying the flaw. The flaw could lead to the unexpected shutting down of engines and safety systems could be disabled. This flaw caused 31 crashes and 13 deaths.
“We’re doing everything we can to work with our customers and our dealers to get everything as straight as we can,” added Ammann.
General Motors is recalling 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, including 1.37 million in the U.S. The U.S. models include Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s between 2005 and 2007 along with Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 to 2007. It also includes Chevy HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.
Heavy key rings or jarring from rough pavement can move the ignition out of the run position, which cuts off the engine. If this happens, then the front air bags may not decline.
The recall is one of the first major issues that newly appointed CEO Mary Barra has to deal with. Barra took over as the head of the company in January.