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GM CEO Barra expects to testify about recall

Tuesday - 3/18/2014, 2:38pm  ET

AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors CEO Mary Barra says it's likely she will testify before congressional committees investigating the company's handling of a faulty ignition switch that is tied to 12 deaths.

The CEO, who has spent her career with GM, also says she first found out about the switch problem in late December and had no knowledge of it before that.

Barra spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the company recalled 1.6 million compact cars to repair the problem. The switch can cause an engine to shut down unexpectedly and cause power steering and air bags to fail.

Barra apologized for the loss of life that occurred. GM has admitted knowing about the problem for at least a decade but failing to recall the cars until last month.

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