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GM chief executive officer Mary Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 1, 2014.
GM chief executive officer Mary Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 1, 2014.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

GM corporate culture needs an overhaul, not just a tune-up

The scandal over General Motors’ unconscionable delay in fixing a dangerous defect represents a golden opportunity for new chief Mary Barra. She can put her own stamp on the resurrected company, show that its secretive, bad-news-fearing corporate culture is changing, and that it is committed to building products that meet the highest standards of safety, performance and reliability. And when GM doesn’t meet those standards, that it will respond with alacrity and hold itself accountable.