GM Retains Kenneth Feinberg on Recall Response

Directed 9/11, BP oil spill, Boston Marathon compensation efforts

2014-04-01

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – General Motors CEO Mary Barra today said the company has retained Kenneth Feinberg as a consultant to explore and evaluate options in its response to families of accident victims whose vehicles are being recalled for possible ignition switch defects.

Barra made the announcement in testimony before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Mr. Feinberg is highly qualified, and is very experienced in the handling of matters such as this,” said Barra. “He brings expertise and objectivity to this effort, and will help us evaluate the situation and recommend the best path forward.”

Feinberg is highly regarded for his handling of compensation issues related to 9/11, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Boston Marathon bombing.

“My mandate from the company is to consider the options for dealing with issues surrounding the ignition switch matter, and to do so in an independent, balanced and objective manner based upon my prior experience,” Feinberg said.

In her appearance before the Committee, Barra also detailed the company’s overall response to what she called “an extraordinary situation.”

“Our employees and I are determined to set a new standard,” said Barra “Our customers and their safety are at the center of everything we do.” 

She outlined measures the company has taken to address the ignition switch recall:

  • Commissioned two and asked for a third production line from supplier Delphi for new parts, which will begin flowing to dealers on schedule next week;
  • Enhanced customer call center staffing, to ensure minimal wait times;
  • Providing loaner and rental vehicles to concerned customers who drive one of the  recalled vehicles;
  • Retained former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas to lead a comprehensive internal investigation with free rein to go where the facts take him; and
  • Appointed Jeff Boyer as new Vice President for Global Vehicle Safety whose first priority is to quickly identify and resolve product safety and customer satisfaction issues.

Barra reiterated her sympathies “to everyone who has been affected by this recall” and promised “to hold ourselves accountable” once all the facts are known.

The full text of Barra’s oral testimony can be found at media.gm.com

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GM CEO Barra Testifies Before House Subcommittee

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, addressing the GM ignition switch recall Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. In written testimony, Barra apologized to everyone affected by the recall and pledged to use the results of a full investigation to assure this does not happen again. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

Related Information

* Barra-House-Opening-Statement.docx
CEO Mary Barra’s Opening Statement - 04/01/14
* Barra-Written-Testimony.docx
CEO Mary Barra’s Written Congressional Testimony - 03/31/14
GM CEO Barra Testifies Before House Subcommittee

General Motors CEO Mary Barra answers questions from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, regarding the GM ignition switch recall Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors)

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