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WASHINGTON, March 20 General Motors Co
Chief Executive Mary Barra is scheduled to testify on April 1 to
a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the
company's long-running problem with defective ignition switches
that have been linked to 12 deaths, the committee said on
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders also said they
had invited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
acting Administrator David Friedman to testify at the hearing.
This will be the first in what could be a series of hearings
by the House panel that began an investigation after GM's
decision to recall 1.6 million of its vehicles because of the
ignition problem that first surfaced more than a decade ago.
While the defect problem began long before Barra and
Friedman entered their current positions, their testimony, said
committee Chairman Fred Upton, "will be essential to getting
answers about what went wrong."
The hearing will be conducted by the panel's Oversight and
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Peter Cooney)