General Motors has claimed its most senior executives, including CEO Mary Barra and former CEO Dan Akerson, had no prior knowledge of the defective ignition switch found in millions of the automaker’s small vehicles. However the company’s recent internal investigation subsequent report on the matter may indicate that the problem wasn’t always a mystery to GM’s high-ups.
Bloomberg says the report reveals Rick Wagoner, who served as CEO before Akerson’s tenure, may have seen a presentation three weeks before his departure from the company which described the stalling issues experienced in the Chevrolet Cobalt. The report says he opened a computer file about a presentation in March of 2009 that summarized the meeting of a GM review team discussing the problem. He also exchanged emails with the person who provided the summary notes of the meeting, but they made no mention of the ignition defect.
The presentation included slides which focused on warranty costs and didn’t label the stalling problem as a safety defect. It also didn’t mention links between the problem, which was only identified as a stalling issue, and any accidents, deaths or injuries caused as a result of it.