Delphi may not be immune to repercussions associated with General Motors’ noted ignition switch debacle if the Senate Commerce Committee has its way, writes The New York Times.
The parts supplier responsible for manufacturing the faulty ignition switch refused to let employees talk with Anton R. Valukas, the man responsible for conducting GM’s internal investigation into the calamity; however, the Times notes, that unlike Mr. Valukas, the Senate Commerce Committee has the power to subpoena witnesses.
The piece specifically mentions a number of emails made public by a House committee between GM and Delphi employees that acknowledged past issues with the ignition switch. Even more telling, the Times writes that, “Delphi employees knew that the lead switch engineer, Raymond DeGiorgio, who has been dismissed by the automaker, had signed off on an upgrade to the ignition switch in 2006 without recording the change with a new part number.”
It’s been reported that Delphi employees have met with members of congressional staff informally, but only time will tell if the Senate Commerce Committee uses its subpoena power to get public testimony from the company and its employees.