April 3rd was an important date for those waiting for answers from GM regarding the faulty ignition recall. That was the date where the answers were supposed to come in, an important date set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The questions all have to do with why GM waited years to recall the defective cars linked to 13 deaths. There were 107 questions in total covering what we all want to know: the whats, whens and why’s (that would be what GM knew, when GM knew and why GM waited so long to respond).
However, out of the 107 questions, over one third of the questions have been left unanswered. Because of this, the NHTSA is fining GM $7,000 a day. But is that enough?
A NHTSA agency lawyer has threatened to refer GM to the Justice Department, saying that GM’s internal investigation was no excuse —in fact, it was "irrelevant"—for not providing the full details and answering all of the given questions on time. In addition, congressional leaders have said that they will schedule more GM hearings and that they will expect much more disclosure from GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra in the next hearing (date to be determined).
Media outlets have said that GM’s responses to the recall questions were "troubling;"victims of the ignition recall have said that GM’s responses to the recall questions —or lack thereof —were disheartening and unsettling.
But what is GM saying? What are the answers they are providing?
At this time GM is working under the premise that they can hide from the public and political scrutiny by saying they have things under control, that they will take care of the problem and have hired an internal investigator. This is all talk.
In terms of legitimate actions, over one third of the questions have been unanswered and, perhaps even more troubling, out of over 5 million documents, GM has only produced 21,000 documents.
Seems like there is something missing.
GM has said that they are committed to transparency. That means they need to cooperate with safety officials. Not answering questions and not turning in all of the documents is far from transparent. Instead, just as loss follows loss, it seems as if GM is making some of the exact same mistakes that got them into this deadly situation to begin with.