The group created by President Barack Obama to restructure a bankrupt General Motors in 2009 "definitely" had no idea about the ongoing problems with ignition switches, a former member of the White House's auto task force told CNBC on Tuesday.
The switch problems started in 2001 and have been linked to at least 13 deaths, but it wasn't until this year that GM ordered a recall.
"Had we known about it, obviously we would have done something about," MAEVA Group CEO Harry Wilson told "Squawk Box." "Secondly, we didn't get to that level of detail. ... It's something that GM engineers didn't know about so it's not something that would have bubbled up to us."
GM CEO Marry Barra testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday afternoon about the company's internal investigation as lawmakers probe the recall. Last week, GM expanded the recall to 2.6 million cars. The faulty ignition switches caused problems with airbags, power brakes and steering.
During an appearance on "Squawk Box," a member of the committee, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, focused his criticism toward the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which he said should have investigated the switches when airbag problems surfaced in 2009 following a fatal accident.