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Families of victims speak on GM ignition switch recall

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Laura Christian spoke Tuesday morning in front of the Capitol. Laura Christian spoke Tuesday morning in front of the Capitol.
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WASHINGTON (WJBK) -- Family members who lost loved ones in crashes involving defective ignition switches on General Motors' small cars are sharing their stories just prior to testimony on Capitol Hill.

"We are the people left behind when a loved one got into what was supposed to be a safe car; a GM car. A car that GM knew for years was dangerous and defective," said Laura Christian, the mother of Amber Marie Rose, who was killed in 2005 when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy.

GM has recalled 2.6 million cars for an ignition switch defect which can cause the car to stall and deactivate the air bags. GM links the defect to 13 deaths and more than two dozen crashes.

"Concealment can kill," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) during the Tuesday news conference. "GM made a business decision to hid a defect. Not only to avoid repairing it, but to conceal it."

In written testimony released ahead of a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman says GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn't share it until last month.

GM CEO Mary Barra will also testify. Committee members will press Barra and Friedman to explain why neither the company nor the safety agency moved to recall millions of small cars with a defective ignition switch, even though GM knew of the problem as early as 2001.

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