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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Live Updates from House Hearing on G.M. Defects

As our colleagues report, Mary T. Barra, chief executive of General Motors, and David Friedman, the nation’s top auto safety regulator, face a House panel Tuesday afternoon that is seeking to understand why both the automaker and regulators failed to act for more than 10 years on a defect that G.M. has now linked to 13 deaths.

At issue is a defective ignition switch in Chevrolet Cobalts and other cars that can turn off if bumped, shutting off the engine and disabling the air bags. G.M. has recalled 2.6 million of cars since February. Live updates from the hearing are being conducted by Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce committee, whose chairman is Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan. Live updates.

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