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GM names new safety chief as it struggles with recalls

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As General Motors reels from huge recalls, it is creating a new Safety Chief position to identify potential safety issues.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra today announced that Jeff Boyer will take on the role of Vice President, Global Vehicle Safety. Boyer has been with GM for forty years, in a variety of engineering and safety positions.

General Motors has recently recalled 1.6 million vehicles for problems with ignition switches. The potentially defective switches have been tied to 12 deaths and 31 crashes. General Motors has been aware of a problem for years, but only recently issued the recall. Congress is now investigating why it took so long for the automaker to warn the public.

GM is also recalling another 1.5 million vehicles for problems with airbags.

In a statement, about Boyer's appointment, CEO Barra said, "This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them."

Boyer will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering. He will also be a member of the Global Product Development staff that answers to Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development.

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