General Motors Fires Top Exec Over Fraudulent Emissions Testing
According to Automotive News, Sam Winegarden, the automaker’s vice president for global engine engineering, as well as other executives, were among the employees that were ousted by General Motors last week. Winegarden had been with the company since 1969 and a top engine exec since 2004.
"We take these matters very seriously and hold our leaders and employees to high standards," General Motors said in a statement. "When those standards are not met, we will take the appropriate action to hold employees accountable."
So what’s the fuss all about? Well, it seems that General Motors hadn’t had a recall in India since 1995. And not because the cars were THAT good, but because some employees were manipulating local emission testing and vehicle weights in order to ensure they would pass national requirements.
Last week, GM announced a recall for 114,000 Chevrolet Tavera SUVs manufactured between 2005 and 2013 over emission and specification problems after Indian media reports revealed what GM employees were up to. The Chevrolet Tavera is built and sold only in India.
Story via AutomotiveNews