By now, its common knowledge that General Motors has issued a recall for 2.6 million small cars over a faulty ignition switch. The company has been lambasted by lawmakers and criticized by the media for its failure to do something about the switches earlier on, which it may have known about since as early as 2003. The latest outlet to expand on the GM recall saga is CNBC, who ran a special feature titled ‘Failure to Recall: Investigating GM’ on TV Monday night.
The documentary focuses largely on why it took GM, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so long to recall the affected vehicles. At one point, they catch up with NHTSA director David Friedman at the New York Auto Show and confront him about why the organization didn’t act sooner when it had evidence in regards to the matter stacked against GM. It also shows how much force it takes to knock the ignition switch out of place and how difficult it becomes to steer the car once the power is off. The film might not tell us anything new about the recall and the events surrounding it, but they do give us an inside look at the matter and more importantly, the families who were affected by the faulty switch.
We’ve embedded four preview clips from the film below to give you an idea of CNBC’s approach for the documentary. Additionally, the entire thing can be streamed on CNBC’s website, right here. After watching, feel free to let us know if the documentary changed your perspective on the situation in the comments below.