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Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars. ...


'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. ...


GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX
3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 16 | UPDATED: 4/17/14 10:01 am ET - adds GM comment
Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignitio ...


GM asks U.S. judge to bar lawsuits for pre-bankruptcy recall claims
5:36 pm U.S. ET | April 15 | UPDATED: 4/16/14 12:17 pm ET - adds details
General Motors said in a court filing that it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to bar lawsuits related to its recall for faulty ignition switches, citing the terms of ...


GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief
11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 3:46 pm ET - adds photos
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. ...


Clues in GM crashes easy to miss
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 10:30 am ET - adds details, background
At the time, many of the crashes now tied to faulty General Motors ignition switches looked like the predictable consequences of drunken driving, speeding or inattentiven ...


GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows
5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agre ...


GM settled with families over fatal 2004 crashes linked to ignition switches
3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 10
General Motors agreed to settlements with family members of two people who died in separate frontal crashes of Saturn Ions in 2004 in which airbags did not deploy, Automo ...


GM raises recall charge to $1.3 billion, adds lock cylinder to part replacement
2:16 pm U.S. ET | April 10 | UPDATED: 4/10/14 6:47 pm ET - adds S&P statement
GM said it now expects to take a $1. ...


The mystery of the switch signoff
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
The one-page form that Senator Claire McCaskill held up in last week's Congressional hearings raises more questions about how GM's ignition switch design was executed and ...


Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars
1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3 | UPDATED: 4/4/14 6:46 pm ET
A federal judge in Texas on Friday declined to issue an emergency order forcing GM to tell owners of 2.6 million recalled cars to stop driving them immediately. A ruling ...


U.S. Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing
April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
A U.S. Senate panel raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch. ...


Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing
11:27 am U.S. ET | April 2 | UPDATED: 4/2/14 4:52 pm ET
A Senate panel today raised the prospect of criminal prosecution and promised more hearings over General Motors' failure to fix a defective ignition switch, as GM CEO Mar ...


Cobalt risks 'did not stand out,' NHTSA chief tells lawmakers
6:48 pm U.S. ET | April 1 | UPDATED: 4/1/14 7:04 pm ET
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration twice decided not to investigate crashes involving Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions because its staff calculated that ...


Lawmakers ID engineer behind '06 GM switch redesign
4:19 pm U.S. ET | March 31 | UPDATED: 4/1/13 1:49 pm ET -- adds details
The GM engineer who approved a redesign for the Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch in 2006 was Ray DeGiorgio, according to House Democrats on the committee t ...


Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield
9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Moto ...


Earlier recall could have averted most deaths
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that General Motors has linked to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign ...


A long history of ignition problems
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
General Motors and its suppliers repeatedly botched a basic function of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion — the system that turns the cars on and off — lead ...


Earlier GM recall may have averted most Cobalt deaths
5:15 pm U.S. ET | March 27 | UPDATED: 3/28/14 10:28 am ET -- adds background
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that GM has said may be related to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign ...


A mother's 'life mission': Seeking truth on GM's recall
5:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25
In the month since GM recalled the car that her daughter died in, Laura Christian has taken it upon herself to make sure others know what she now knows. ...


GM hasn't recalled all defective cars, lawsuits allege
6:52 am U.S. ET | March 25 | UPDATED: 3/25/14 11:18 am ET - new story
General Motors' investigation of faulty ignitions turned up more than 250 crashes in which airbags failed to deploy on cars that have not been recalled, according to a la ...


'Cardinal sin': Former GM engineers say quiet '06 redesign of faulty ignition switch was a major violation of protocol
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Stung by rising warranty costs, General Motors decided in the mid-1990s to pull design work for ignition and turn-signal switches from suppliers. ...


Numbers don't explain why airbags don't inflate
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
About 3,400 people die each year in frontal crashes with no airbag deployment in their vehicle, according to federal data analyzed by Automotive News. ...


Feds target Saturn Ion power-steering problems
5:22 pm U.S. ET | March 20 | UPDATED: 3/21/14 4:49 pm ET - adds NHTSA response
The Saturn Ion, one of the vehicles covered by General Motors' ignition-switch recall, also is the subject of a long-running investigation by federal safety regulators in ...


Recall storm engulfs GM
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
A company that started the year on a wave of positive press surrounding its new CEO and its emergence from government ownership is suddenly facing an investigation by fed ...


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