U.S. Safety Agency Failed to Investigate Crash Deaths
Federal regulators opted not to launch an inquiry into General Motors cars — twice — despite four fatal crashes, according to a memo released by a U.S. House subcommittee. GM itself apparently approved a faulty ignition switch design in 2002 although the manufacturer warned that it didn’t meet specifications. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the problem, and GM has recalled 2.6 million cars. CEO Mary Barra — who has already offered a personal apology — will testify before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee tomorrow.