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GM revises way legal staff handles safety suits

9:35 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
GM has hired an outside legal firm to review the company's litigation practices and has revised the way it handles civil lawsuits so that cases involving serious injuries or deaths will be reviewed by the company's general counsel and engineering staffs, GM's top lawyer plans to tell a Senate panel on Thursday....
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Delphi CEO summoned to Capitol Hill on GM recall

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Delphi Automotive, which supplied the faulty ignition switch at the center of General Motors' safety crisis, will join GM on Capitol Hill's hot seat....
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Senate's second GM hearing set for July 17

2:20 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
A Senate panel's probe into General Motors' botched handling of faulty ignition switches that have been tied to at least 16 fatal car crashes will continue with a second hearing on July 17....
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Rockefeller proposes bill to strengthen auto-safety regulators

6:52 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety proposed a bill late Thursday that would give U.S. regulators more funding and greater power to deal with light-vehicle defects. The legislation from Senator Jay Rockefeller would give NHTSA authority to order dangerous vehicles off the road, rather than merely advising customers not to drive them....
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Former supplier CEO wins U.S. House seat in Florida

2:50 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The former CEO of wheel supplier Hayes Lemmerz is headed to Congress to replace a Florida representative who resigned in January after being busted for possession of cocaine. Republican Curtis Clawson won a special election Tuesday in Florida's 19th District, which includes Naples and Fort Meyers, by garnering 67 percent of the vote....
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GM'S BIG 180

Reversal on stalling risk forces new look at ignition issues

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Ten years ago, General Motors insisted that engine stall is not a safety defect. Now, in the face of evidence that faulty ignition switches contributed to at least 13 deaths, GM's position has changed. That radical shift in thinking is rippling through GM....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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GABE NELSON

Three takeaways from Barra's return to Capitol Hill

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
General Motors' ignition switch defect has done the impossible: It has unified a bitterly split Congress in a desire for closure....
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GM, in shift, deems stalling a safety issue

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra told members of Congress on Wednesday that the automaker now considers unexpected vehicle shutoffs to be a safety concern, reversing a policy that had treated complaints about the Chevrolet Cobalt as low priority. Her statement contrasts with the approach that GM engineers used a decade ago when they viewed stalling Cobalts and Saturn Ions as a matter of customer inconvenience and studied it with little urgency....
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U.S. senators want to hike gasoline tax for first time since 1993

4:11 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
Two senators said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country's transportation projects from running out of money in August....
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GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems

June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrolet Cobalt to fester for more than a decade....
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House panel blasts GM's 'culture of secrecy'

11:57 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced intensive questioning from a House subcommittee for nearly three hours today over the slow recall of defective ignition switches, with lawmakers questioning whether she can truly change the company's culture. Some panel members reprimanded the company for a "culture of secrecy" and said its problems went "well beyond a rogue engineer." Barra vowed GM will set a new industry standard for vehicle safety....
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Barra to return to Capitol Hill next Wednesday with Valukas

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra and outside attorney Anton Valukas are scheduled testify before a House committee next week to answer questions about GM's recently released investigation into the handling of its faulty ignition switches....
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JIM HENRY

U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010....
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Barra, Valukas summoned to Capitol Hill for hearings

11:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
The two congressional committees investigating General Motors' recall crisis said today that they will hold follow-up hearings, with GM CEO Mary Barra and independent investigator Anton Valukas invited to testify....
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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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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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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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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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