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GM Names New Safety Chief Amid Recall Issues

The No. 1 U.S. automaker said the new safety czar's task will be "to quickly identify and resolve product safety issues."
GM has named a new safety chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker's new CEO Mary Barra tries to revamp its recall process.
GM has named a new safety chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker's new CEO Mary Barra tries to revamp its recall process.Scott Olson / Getty Images
/ Source: Reuters

General Motors named a new vehicle safety chief on Tuesday who will be responsible for heading off issues like the faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths and the recall of more than 1.6 million vehicles.

Jeff Boyer, a GM veteran who has been with the company for more than 40 years, has been appointed vice president of global vehicle safety, effective immediately.

GM has named a new safety chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker's new CEO Mary Barra tries to revamp its recall process.Scott Olson / Getty Images

The No. 1 U.S. automaker said Boyer's responsibilities will be "to quickly identify and resolve product safety issues," including handling recalls. Boyer, who was executive director of engineering operations and systems development, will provide frequent updates on vehicle safety to Chief Executive Mary Barra, senior management and the board of directors.

-- Reuters