It’s been no secret that General Motors CEO Mary Barra has inherited a plethora of problems with the automaker since her tenure as the company’s leader began early this year.
The extent of those problems revolve around the ever growing number of automobiles the manufacturer is recalling, starting with the high-profile ignition switch defect plaguing around 800,000 vehicles, and eventually spanning to other models, and then more and more recalls. In total, GM’s recall tab for the year now stands at a record 29.3 million vehicles in North America.
Time Magazine takes an in-depth look at how Barra has been handling the issue at the automaker, and what she intends to implement to ensure a recall of this stature never happens again in the future, rightfully titling her cover story “The Mechanic.” The story opens with a direct quote from Barra, telling the dark tale of when product-development head Mark Reuss informed the fresh-faced CEO a serious problem had been discovered, and a recall was forth coming. She also goes on to say the day she read the 325-page investigative report “one of the saddest days of my career. The most frightening part to me was that (the report) said everything that everyone’s criticized us about. It was like a punch.” But it seems she’s finally fighting the company off the ropes, saying that the worst of the recall crisis is over.
Barra has also appeared on the cover of Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week, and been interviewed on The Today Show as well as Good Morning America. Look for the issue of Time to hit newsstands October 6th.