General Motors just gave attorney Anton Valukas a tall order and a short deadline.
GM said Monday it had hired Valukas, who probed Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s 2008 downfall, to help lead an internal investigation into design failures tied to at least 13 deaths dating back a decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given GM until April 3 to say why it took so long to announce a recall of 1.6 million vehicles to fix the flaw.
Valukas will help with the NHTSA inquiry, according to GM, as well as run his own internal probe, for which GM hasn’t stated a deadline. He declined to comment on his hiring.