Family members of crash victims gathered in front of the Capitol on Tuesday, hours before the chief executive of General Motors was set to appear before a House subcommittee to address the recall of vehicles connected to at least 13 fatalities.
“It is clear that GM is only concerned with their bottom line and not the safety of our loved ones,” Terry DiBattista, adoptive mother of Amber Rose, who died in a crash involving a recalled car, said on Tuesday.
“Corporate executives made a decision that fighting the problem was cheaper and easier than fixing the problem,” said Laura Christian, Rose’s birth mother. Rose, 16, died when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a tree.
Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, held up an ignition switch that he said was from a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, one of the recalled vehicles, saying similar switches contributed to the deaths of “innocent victims.”
“We know that the difference between this switch and one that would have worked properly was life or death,” Markey said. “Do you know the other difference? Two dollars.”
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