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Klobuchar presses General Motors for answers

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) recently pressed General Motors (GM) for answers on its long-delayed recall linked to crashes and deaths in Minnesota and across the country.

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At a Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing, Klobuchar questioned GM’s CEO and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials about why they failed to act more aggressively in the face of mounting evidence of defective ignition switches.

Klobuchar also highlighted the death of Natasha Weigel.

In 2006, Weigel of Albert Lea was riding in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt with two friends on a Wisconsin road when the electrical power on the vehicle shut off without warning.

The car barreled ahead at 71 miles per hour, veered off the road, clipped a utility box, slammed into a group of trees and came to a stop nearly 60 feet from the road. The airbags never deployed, and Weigel and another passenger didn’t survive.

“Natasha’s family always had her back. Now her family and all of the families that have been impacted need to know that someone has their backs. They deserve answers,” Klobuchar said. “This is a basic matter of public safety and public trust, and we need full investigations into both GM and NHTSA’s handling of this incident to figure out what went wrong and how to help prevent it from happening again.”

Witnesses at the hearing included Mary Barra, chief executive officer of GM, David Friedman, acting administrator of NHTSA and Calvin Scovel III, inspector general of U.S. Department of Transportation.