Vehicle Safety

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 »

 

Expert: Out-of-spec parts can still be OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Why would an automaker knowingly accept a part that is out of spec?... Read More »

 

Chevy Impala has airbag software flaw, safety advocate claims in U.S. petition

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
General Motors, in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety laws poised for revamp

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of reforms to U.S. laws and standards.... Read More »

 

The mystery of the switch signoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
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 who had a say in it. Former GM engineers say it suggests that a more extensive paper trail exists that would shed light on the 2006 part redesign, which has emerged as a key topic in the broadening investigation into what went wrong.... Read More »

 

Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Days after taking the top job at General Motors in mid-January, Mary Barra insisted there would be "no right or left turns" in the resurgent automaker's path. Instead, it has been a U-turn. GM's recall crisis has delivered a swift and dramatic jolt to a company that was in celebration mode just a few months ago.... Read More »

 

Barra hearing lampooned on 'Saturday Night Live'

1:05 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Lawmakers showed little mercy for General Motors CEO Mary Barra during last week's Congressional hearings. Neither did the comedy writers at "Saturday Night Live" for the show's April 5 opening skit.... Read More »

 

Dealers unite behind Barra as damage control shifts to them

6:49 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
General Motors dealers applauded CEO Mary Barra's testimony on Capitol Hill this past week as she took the national stage in the ignition-switch recall storm. Now, the dealers know, attention will turn to them as parts to repair the switches start arriving in service bays this week. Dealers are lining up service technicians and loaner vehicles, even though they're unsure how many vehicles will be brought in.... Read More »

 

Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers

8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the equipment. Other suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Gentex, Panasonic and Valeo also are poised to profit.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra's role as change agent collides with 33 years as daughter of GM

6:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn't buying. “I am very disappointed, really as a woman to woman, because the culture you're representing here today is the culture of the status quo,” said the California Democrat, who questioned Barra's ability to change a company that took a dozen years to address ignition switch flaws linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

TV spot showing crash highlights crackdown on motorist texting

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
A commercial showing a truck crashing into the side of a car carrying two young women and a man will begin airing this month on national TV while police crack down on texting motorists.... Read More »

 

GM files 200,000 pages of documents about recall to safety agency

11:08 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM said it submitted most of the answers that federal safety regulators sought from the automaker about a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. In response to NHTSA, GM sent some 200,000 pages of documents to the safety agency by a Thursday midnight deadline, GM spokesman Greg Martin said today. The company has provided answers to nearly 65 percent of the 107 questions that the NHTSA asked, he said.... Read More »

 

GM recall becomes case study in how bad news gets to the CEO

6:26 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced incredulity from Washington lawmakers over a deadly flaw that by GM's account took more than a dozen years for the boss to hear about. Lawmakers asked Barra, head of the country's biggest automaker, why it took until 2014 for GM to recall some 2.6 million vehicles with a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when people inside the company had known about the flaw as early as 2001.... Read More »

 

GM 'park it' notice order sought until recalled cars are fixed

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
General Motors will have to tell owners of 2.59 million recalled small cars to “park it” if customers suing the automaker convince a judge faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths make them too dangerous to drive.... Read More »

 

Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
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 on the matter could come next week instead.... Read More »

 

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