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GM engineer says he didn't remember changing ignition switch part

10:25 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
The GM engineer who approved modifying a faulty ignition switch design in 2006 without changing the part number or pushing for a recall told congressional investigators this month that he forgot ever authorizing the change, according to a report published Wednesday....
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U.S. senators seek to lift $35 million cap on NHTSA fines

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Arguing that federal auto safety regulators cannot impose large enough fines to deter companies like General Motors from sitting on safety problems, a trio of Senate Democrats is proposing that the penalty cap be removed entirely....
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GM expects to release recall reports at same time, AP says

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told lawmakers that GM plans to release its long-awaited ignition switch recall investigation simultaneously with its plan for compensating victims of the flawed part, The Associated Press reported today....
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THE GM RECALL

GM legal department under scrutiny in company's recall probe, report says

9:12 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2014
General Motors' legal department is the focus of an internal inquiry into how the company handled a vehicle safety defect linked to 13 deaths, the New York Times reported, citing two people with knowledge of the inquiry....
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Congressional probe looks at Barra's, GM executives' links to switch, report says

5:54 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Congressional investigators are examining whether General Motors CEO Mary Barra and other senior executives were more involved than they have publicly acknowledged as the automaker considered how to deal with a deadly ignition switch issue linked to at least 13 deaths, three sources familiar with the probe told Reuters....
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GM says government probes into recalls now include SEC, a state attorney general

5:07 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
GM is facing five different government probes in connection with its recent recalls, the automaker said in a regulatory filing on Thursday....
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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....
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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.”...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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U.S. Congress turns GM probe focus to engineers, considers legislation

10:02 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Federal lawmakers investigating General Motors' slow recall of 2.6 million cars are zeroing in on engineers and others who may have been aware of problems with ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths....
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Sen. McCaskill: GM ignition switch case could lead to criminal charges

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
GM should make restitution to victims' families and face criminal action if merited for the way it handled defective ignition switches that caused fatal auto accidents, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri said on Sunday....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman....
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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....
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GABE NELSON

Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of GM's reckoning on Capitol Hill....
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THE GM RECALL

Senators probing GM raise prospect of criminal wrongdoing

11:27 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
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 Mary Barra withstood a scolding from lawmakers flummoxed by a lack of answers....
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GABE NELSON

3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths....
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THE GM RECALL

GM hires 9/11 victims' attorney Feinberg to aid recall response

12:40 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
General Motors has hired attorney Kenneth Feinberg to help the company evaluate how to handle its liability to families of victims of accidents involving cars that have been recalled for faulty ignition switches, GM CEO Mary Barra told a congressional panel today during 2 1/2 hours of testimony....
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Poised Barra carries GM's image on her shoulders

6:48 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
As she faced 2 1/2 hours of congressional questioning Tuesday on Capitol Hill, it wasn't just what General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that earned her high marks, but also how she said it....
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THE GM RECALL

Critical question went unasked by NHTSA, unanswered by GM

6:45 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
At this week's congressional hearings, watch for General Motors CEO Mary Barra to apologize deeply for her company's handling of deadly defects in its ignition switches. And watch for David Friedman, the nation's top auto-safety regulator, to make no apologies at all....
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Barra's message to Congress: 'I am deeply sorry'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra will tell lawmakers investigating the botched handling of an ignition-switch defect that she is “deeply sorry” for the error and promises to be fully transparent once the company discovers what went wrong, according to prepared testimony released today....
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Follow the GM recall hearings on autonews.com

4:03 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Automotive News on Tuesday will offer industry-leading multimedia coverage of the General Motors recall hearings before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee....
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U.S. safety official sought probe of non-deploying GM airbags in 2007

5:02 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manager seven years ago recommended investigating why air bags in General Motors' 2003-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars weren't deploying, according to a memo issued by the House Energy and Commerce Committee....
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GM urged to warn owners not to drive recalled models

3:27 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
GM should promptly warn consumers not to drive GM cars recalled because of faulty ignition switches that can unexpectedly turn off engines and airbags as the vehicles are running, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said....
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