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Coats: Call other GM execs to testify

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said Wednesday that General Motors officials other than new CEO Mary Barra should testify before Congress about why the automaker was slow to recall cars with defective ignition switches.

Coats, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee that questioned Barra, said it is important “that the investigation point out just who knew what and when did they know it.”

In remarks broadcast by C-SPAN, Coats urged leaders of the consumer protection subcommittee to call as witnesses those GM executives “in positions of responsibility” for the faulty switches on certain cars manufactured from 2003 through 2007.

Barra has worked for GM since 1980 but only became its chief executive officer in January.

“Whether you like it or not, you’ve become the face of the problem, but hopefully also the face of the solution,” Coats told her at Wednesday’s hearing.

He said GM personnel with authority for the ignition switch problems should appear before Congress “and explain their role in this rather than dumping the whole issue on its new CEO.”