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Delphi joins GM on hot seat in Washington

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The CEO of Delphi joined General Motors on the hot seat in Washington, answering questions about the ignition switch failures that led to more than a dozen deaths.    

GM's CEO Mary Barra wasn't exempt from this round of grilling either. She took the stand again on Capitol Hill.

Lawyers usually do the questioning, but Thursday they were the ones who had to answer the tough questions. 

Senators said GM's chief lawyer Michael Millikin should have been fired.

"Here, the lawyers for GM actually enabled cover up, concealment, deceit and even fraud," Senator Richard Blumenthal said.

Millikin claims he didn't know about the ignition switch problem until February and he insists he took immediate action.

"I wish I had known about it earlier because I know I would have taken action earlier if I did," he said.

Barra defended Millikin calling him a man of high integrity.

"The argument is that this made it far enough up the chain. The chief legal council should have known about it and dealt with it years ago," automotive industry expert Tim Nash said.

Nash argues at a company as large as General Motors, it is possible that Millikin didn't know about the faulty switches until this winter. 

"I don't think there's any evidence to say that he did not know about it before February of 2014. The question that comes into play is should he have and in an ideal world the answer is yes. And the real question is will they right the ship and make sure it doesn't happen again," Nash said.

In the end there was no change in the company's position, the recall was regretful, but nothing illegal took place. 

GM said it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of the 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.

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