GM Creates New Safety Chief Position
Names Jeff Boyer to the role
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2014 11:59 AM CDT
In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – It's safe to say GM is struggling a little bit in the safety department right now—and today the company announced it has created a new position, VP of global vehicle safety. Jeff Boyer, whom the Wall Street Journal calls an "engineering veteran," will take on the role, and will be in charge of recalls and all other safety matters; he'll provide regular reports to CEO Mary Barra. GM currently faces four federal investigations related to a delayed recall that has been blamed for hundreds of deaths. The company also announced a separate recall yesterday.

"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," Barra said in a statement. "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 has worked for GM since 1974, and was most recently executive director of engineering operations and systems development. The New York Times reports that in an internal video sent to employees yesterday, Barra noted with regard to the botched recall: "Something went very wrong in our processes in this instance, and terrible things happened."

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Mar 20, 2014 9:55 PM CDT
Maybe they need a position about how to stop being a inept car company and to get there head out of there a@@
Lou Bernardo
Mar 20, 2014 1:05 PM CDT
People should know better than to buy a government made vehicle like GM. Buy american: get a Toyota made in Kentucky or a BMW made in South Carolina. At loeast buy a Ford (Canada and Mexico) of a nice Italian Chrysler vehicle.
Mar 19, 2014 10:58 PM CDT
My GM trucks air did not work if I was not moving down the road. It would blow hot air. Dealer said this was normal. I called the complaint number, got a lady from another country. She could not speak English. GM never did fix my truck. I went to a local radiator shop, He put an after market condenser on my truck. This was a much larger condenser. This fixed my truck. Cost me 400.00 $ I called GM to let them know what fixed the problem. I also wrote a letter. I have not heard a thing from GM. GM has out sourced their reliability department to a foreign company. GM used to have company service reps for each dealer. To save money ,GM eliminated the service reps for each dealer. GM needs to put back the service reps . Now it is a joke, GM is now isolated from the people that buy their cars and trucks.