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WJBK - FOX 2's Murray Feldman talks with Paul Eisenstein from The Detroit Bureau and Sandy Hermanoff with Hermanoff Public Relations about testimony heard Tuesday in front of a House subcommittee about General Motors' recall crisis.

GM CEO Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to act.

Hermanoff believes Barra held her own during the questioning.

Eisenstein says the subcommittee was tough on her. "They want to take GM apart. And remember there's a lot of politics going on here. There's a particular party that really was wiling to let GM go down rather than give them the bailout. So there is the whole presidential politics embroiled in this safety matter, and that's complicating this situation. And Barra has to know that she is, in a sense, a political pawn here," he believes.

Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million cars over the faulty switch, which can cause the engine to cut off in traffic, disabling the power steering, power brakes and air bags and making it difficult to control the vehicle.

The automaker said new switches should be available starting April 7.

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