Vehicle Safety

U.S. senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

1:46 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Lawmakers probing how GM used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. A group of senators on Tuesday wrote to Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal, asking for information about whether the parts supplier pushed back against GM after the automaker apparently did not accept a proposed fix to the switches.... Read More »

 

GM rejected better ignition part in 2001 to save money, safety advocates say

10:36 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
General Motors chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in New York. Touting a “new way of developing vehicles,” Barra said the new “global product integrity” team will “provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer service.”... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM will update dealers Wednesday on recall parts status

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors told dealers it will hold a Web conference on Wednesday to update them on the status of parts needed to repair millions of small cars recalled for faulty ignition switches, as well as the procedures to follow for the recall.... Read More »

 

Despite risks, many recalled vehicles will remain unrepaired as drivers ignore notices

6:43 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Even with auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there's a good chance many of the vehicles won't get fixed.... Read More »

 

GM records show co-workers stymied in-house safety investigator

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
For about two years, General Motors engineer Brian Stouffer tried to figure out why faulty ignition switches now linked to at least 13 deaths were causing cars to stall.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

VW touches up Jetta with eye on safety, mpg

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
To help the Jetta level the playing field in terms of crash safety and fuel economy with Japanese rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, VW has made substantial tweaks to the compact for model year 2015.... Read More »

 

U.S. failed to investigate GM even as auto-defect data abounded

11:16 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Federal regulators looking into GM's Chevrolet Cobalt noticed a surprising statistic: warranty claims over the car's air bags were four times higher than for competing vehicles.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
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, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

U.S. House panel chairman cites 'failures' related to GM recalls

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A congressional committee said today there were "failures within the system" over the handling of flawed ignition switches in General Motors vehicles, which have been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.6 million vehicles, and it was the first car with the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when engines turned off, disabling airbags.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recalls, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recall of more than 6 million vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company made the seat rails involved in the April 9 recall and will discuss the costs with Toyota, the person said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

8:44 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. CEO Mary Barra said two engineers have been put on leave but didn't name them. A GM spokesman declined to comment further.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
After Toyota and GM were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China, while in the United States the 2014 pace is well ahead of last year's, when the tally rose to the highest since 2004.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM settled with families over fatal 2004 crashes linked to ignition switches

3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
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, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

April 10, 2014 06:01 CET
After Toyota and GM were criticized for delaying recalls of defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China.... Read More »

 

U.S. fines GM for 'troubling' responses on recall questions

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors was hit with federal fines today over its ignition switch crisis after U.S. auto safety regulators concluded the company had not been forthcoming in responding to questions. In a letter today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit GM with a fine of $7,000 per day over its responses to a 107-question query the agency filed with the company last month after the recall widened to 2.2 million U.S. vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM dealers field calls, manage inventory while waiting for recall parts

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors estimates repairs to 2.6 million small cars affected by a massive recall will not start until next week -- not this week as originally expected. Some dealers are fielding dozens of calls daily from customers wanting to know when their car will be fixed.... Read More »

 

Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Barra's job just got a lot harder

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Was last week's public grilling about a faulty ignition switch or about New GM vs. Old GM?... Read More »

 

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