The fallout over criticism that General Motors failed to address some safety issues has ushered in a new chief that will oversee global safety for Chevrolet and the carmaker’s other brands.
Jeff Boyer has been appointed Vice President Global Vehicle Safety, a newly created position, as GM comes under fire for claims it failed to address issues with faulty ignition switches in over a million compact cars.
Some earlier reports have indicated GM could face a $35-million fine if it is proven the company delayed a recall despite knowing about the issues, but a recent order by federal prosecutors demanding Toyota pay $1.2 billion to avoid prosecution stemming from safety issues with their vehicles has many now thinking GM’s fine could be far worse.
Pushing to avoid future safety issues, Boyer will oversee global safety development of GM vehicle systems, confirmation and validation of safety performance, as well as post-sale safety activities, which includes recalls, according to an official GM press release.
The newly appointed VP of Global Vehicle Safety, who has been with GM 40 years, will report directly to GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra. Boyer will also report to senior management and the GM Board of Directors.
“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” said Barra. “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.”
To date, no Corvette models have been cited among the GM vehicles with safety concerns, but the negative reports have certainly clouded the great buzz the new Stingray has been generating for the company in recent months.