Litigation and Regulations

GM ignition recall-suit consolidation sought before Toyota judge in Calif.

7:26 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
GM's growing number of lawsuits over the recalls of now 2.59 million small cars for faulty ignition switches should be consolidated before the same judge overseeing Toyota's acceleration cases, a lawyer for vehicle owners said.... Read More »



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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


Victims' families meet with Barra, call for legislation

8:04 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra held a tearful meeting in Washington late on Monday with about 20 relatives of people who died in GM vehicles that have been subject to recalls and investigations into faulty ignition switches.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


Lawmakers ID engineer behind '06 GM switch redesign

4:19 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
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 that will hold a hearing on the recall Tuesday. He's the same engineer who last year denied during a court deposition ever knowing that the now-recalled part was changed.... Read More »



NHTSA’s chief must be feeling Opening Day jitters

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Opening Day is bittersweet when you expect your baseball team to finish last. And that’s how David Friedman, acting head of NHTSA, will feel on Tuesday when Congress kicks off a grueling doubleheader of hearings on GM's ignition switch woes.... Read More »


U.S. finalizes plan to phase in rearview camera mandate, starting in 2016

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Department of Transportation today finalized a set of federal standards for rear visibility that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have backup cameras by mid-2018. Congress called for the rules in 2008 after a spate of accidents in which parents driving cars or trucks backed over their young children, killing them.... Read More »



4 big questions for GM, NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Some of the vexing questions looming over General Motors' decadelong failure to recall cars with a deadly ignition-switch defect could get answers this week -- or at least a more glaring spotlight.... Read More »



2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer.... Read More »



N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. And in a move that could have far-reaching implications, a New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would let any manufacturer of electric vehicles sell them directly to the public, bypassing franchised dealers.... Read More »



Tesla's wasting time, energy, money

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
If you care about customers, you have to be able to take care of them when they need help. For some reason, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has decided to wage war with the retail business to the detriment of his customers.... Read More »


Antitrust regulators raid exhaust makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
European Union antitrust regulators raided Tenneco Inc. and several other auto exhaust systems makers in the latest crackdown against suspected price fixing in the global auto industry.... Read More »


GM must send 'park it now' alert to recalled-car owners, plaintiffs tell U.S. judge

6:43 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against GM asked a federal judge in Texas to force the automaker to send a “park it now” warning to car owners not to drive recalled models until faulty ignitions are fixed.... Read More »


GM stock drop shows Barra's challenges go far beyond recalls

10:13 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Less than three months into her tenure as GM CEO, Mary Barra has more than recalls to worry about. Her challenges also include stemming losses in Europe, navigating currency fluctuations in South America, buffering VW's advances in China, and managing a slow start to 2014 sales in the United States where a bitterly cold winter hamstrung retail activity.... Read More »


Barra vows 'world class process' for GM vehicle safety

11:40 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra vowed in videos posted on YouTube today to implement "a world class process" for vehicle safety -- her first direct message to consumers affected by GM's recall of 1.6 million cars for a defective ignition switch.... Read More »


GM recall shows limits of 51 U.S. investigators tracking 248 million cars

7:55 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
The federal office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it.... Read More »


GM recall prompts bill that would make early-warning safety reports public

12:48 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
Two United States senators introduced a bill today to expand the public's access to automakers' safety filings with regulators, saying federal reforms could prevent fatal crashes like those linked to a defective General Motors ignition switch.... Read More »


GM hasn't recalled all defective cars, lawsuits allege

6:52 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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 lawsuit filed against the automaker this week. The lawsuit was filed jointly by 12 law firms, including one that previously reached a settlement with GM in the case of a Georgia woman who died in a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt crash.... Read More »


Massachusetts dealership settles with the FTC over deceptive ads

11:27 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Courtesy Auto Group of Massachusetts agreed to resolve FTC charges that the dealership violated the FTC Act by deceptively advertising that consumers could lease a vehicle for $0 down and specific monthly payments. But, the FTC said, the advertised amounts failed to include "substantial fees."... Read More »


Chrysler decision may shield GM on Cobalt liability

11:50 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Chrysler Group LLC, the Fiat-controlled entity that bought the carmaker out of bankruptcy, won a courtroom victory this month that helps GM avoid some claims arising from ignition-switch defects in Chevrolet Cobalts and other vehicles.... Read More »


GM sued over fatal crash tied to ignition defect

3:18 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
General Motors has been hit with what is believed to be the first wrongful death lawsuit over ignition switch problems since it recalled 1.6 million vehicles in February. The lawsuit was filed late on Friday in Minnesota state court on behalf of three teenage girls who were severely injured or killed in a 2006 crash involving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, one of the models GM recalled over ignition problems.... Read More »


Senator urges U.S. to 'require' GM compensation fund

1:51 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A senator asked the federal government to force General Motors to establish a fund to compensate consumers affected by a long-running problem that prompted a major recall of some GM vehicles he characterized as "lethally defective."... Read More »


GM ignition recall may haunt Delphi

8:50 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A faulty part in as many as 1.6 million vehicles could ignite legal and financial calamity for Delphi Automotive plc if it is held responsible for the actions of its bankrupt predecessor.... Read More »


U.S. eyes bankruptcy link in GM ignition defect probe, report says

3:48 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
Federal authorities are investigating whether General Motors hid an ignition switch defect when it filed for bankruptcy in 2009, The New York Times reported on Saturday.... Read More »


Latest digital edition
Digital Edition Archive
Table of Contents
 Automotive News
Special Report
How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

How a Texas Toyota store solved used-car-supply challenge

Mike Shaw Toyota in Corpus Christi, Texas, needed more used cars. But driving 150 miles to the nearest auction was time-consuming and costly. Mon., April 14
» Watch the Video
News by Brand

Rocket Fuel