GM Asks Employees to 'Speak Up' on Safety Issues

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

GM’s ongoing ignition switch scandal has left it with more than a bit of egg on the face; try an entire omelet.

As the investigation continues, two engineers have been placed on paid leave because of their connection to the recall, but that’s not all the company’s doing to address safety.

CEO Mary Barra said they’re creating an internal program called “Speak Up for Safety” that allows employees to contribute ideas that can improve vehicle safety. She said “GM must embrace a culture where safety and quality come first,” adding “GM employees should raise safety concerns quickly and forcefully, and be recognized for doing so.” Sounds logical.

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The initiative is designed to help foster a “safety first” culture by eliminating real and perceived barriers to voicing concerns. But talk is cheap; Barra pointed out that it needs to be backed up with action and people need to be held accountable. GM’s Global Vehicle Safety Group will be responsible for following up on these sort issues.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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