U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will lead a Senate hearing on Wednesday to examine General Motors’ recent decision to recall 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have been linked to at least 12 deaths.
McCaskill is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.
The subcommittee has jurisdiction over several federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Senator McCaskill’s hearing will focus on GM’s decisions, over more than 10 years, to not issue a safety recall, and will consider whether the NHTSA has the capability, data, and resources to effectively monitor vehicle safety defects.
McCaskill’s panel will hear from GM’s CEO Mary Barra, NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General Calvin Scovel.
The General Motors plant in Wentzville gets an infusion of money from Detroit to help in the building of two midsize pickups.
General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant. It's where the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are built. But it's undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Dave Baldridge with G-M tells me the move has the potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs...
Baldridge says the new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.
Construction will begin next month and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.
Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts.