The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has announced it will continue its investigation into General Motors‘ handling of its ignition switch recall with a second hearing set for July 17, Reuters reports.
GM CEO Mary Barra has so far made two appearances in front of Congress and another in front of the Senate in regards to the faulty ignition switch found in millions of the company’s cars and linked to at least 16 fatal car accidents. The Senate panel and the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee are attempting to find out why it took GM more than a decade to recall cars with the potentially fatal defect.
The Senate Commerce Committee has yet to announce who will testify at the second hearing. GM also faces probes from Congress and the Justice Department and is facing several lawsuits from plaintiffs who believe they should be compensated because their cars lost value due to the defect.
GM has vowed to take safety flaws and defects more seriously in the future and outlined a broad compensation plan earlier this week that will payout the families of victims who died and those that were injured in accidents caused by the switch.