Two General Motors engineers are being put on paid leave as the company continues its internal ignition switch investigation.
CEO Mary Barra said it was a “difficult decision” that is “the best for GM.” She fell under criticism after confirming last week that nobody had been fired after the scandal even though the company learned about the faulty switches in 2001.
The choice to suspend both engineers came after an update from former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas about how GM handled the events leading up to GM’s 2.6-million-vehilce ignition switch recall.
The suspension is “an interim step as [GM seeks] the truth about what happened,” Barra said.
General Motors’ sluggish response to questions from the NHTSA spurred the government agency to impose a $7,000-per-day fine starting effective from April 3.
Not only is the company being forced to answer hard questions about how it treated safety in its products, but Barra is trying to balance a very public gutting of GM’s corporate culture surrounding vehicle safety.
[Source: Detroit News]