GM Names New Vehicle Safety Chief in Wake of Massive Recalls | Edmunds

GM Names New Vehicle Safety Chief in Wake of Massive Recalls


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors named a new vehicle safety chief on Tuesday who will be responsible for identifying and resolving product safety issues, including recalls.
  • The move follows the recall of more than 3.3 million GM vehicles globally in the last two months, including three new recalls issued on Monday.
  • GM went inside of its ranks to pick the new chief, a GM engineer who has a long track record with the company.

DETROIT — General Motors named a new vehicle safety chief on Tuesday who will be responsible for identifying and resolving product safety issues, including recalls.

The move follows the recall of more than 3.3 million GM vehicles globally in the last two months, including three new recalls  issued on Monday. GM has come under fire for its slow handling of issues like the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches. That recall has been linked to 12 deaths.

GM went inside of its ranks to pick the new chief, a GM engineer who has a long track record with the company. Jeff Boyer has been named to the newly created post of vice president of global vehicle safety, effective immediately, the automaker said in a statement. Boyer, 58, will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicles, confirmation and validation of safety performance, as well as post-sale safety activities, including recalls.

He has spent nearly 40 years in a wide range of engineering and safety positions at GM. Boyer's most recent position since 2011 was executive director of engineering operations and systems development.

"Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to (GM CEO Mary) Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors," GM said in a statement.

Barra said in a statement that Boyer's appointment sets "new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability."

Edmunds says: This step is designed to reassure consumers about GM's commitment to vehicle safety.

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