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GM hires Ken Feinberg to oversee recall response

General Motors has hired Washington attorney Ken Feinberg to lead its response to widespread recalls of mid-to-late 2000’s automobiles that has prompted a round of congressional investigations, GM CEO Mary Barra announced during a hearing Tuesday.

Feinberg is a specialist in corporate crisis compensation payments, overseeing payments to families of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 2007 Virginia Tech University mass shooting and the 2010 BP oil spill.

GM’s chief Barra said Tuesday as she made the announcement about GM’s plans to respond to its 1.6 millions vehicles that were recalled because of problems with its ignition switches that she was “deeply sorry” for the 13 deaths that have been linked to the faulty part.

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GM crash victims to attend recall hearing

Victims of car crashes that were related to a recalled part on several late model General Motors’ vehicles will attend a hearing about the defective autos Tuesday, a spokeswoman representing the families during their trip to Washington said.

GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to testify Tuesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about a recall on ignition switches on several mid-2000 automobiles that officials say has affected 1.6 million vehicles and resulted in 13 deaths.

The hearing is expected to be contentious because lawmakers on the Republican-led committee have been criticizing GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for waiting more than a decade in some case to issue the recall.

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